Spidercam comes to Glenn Maxwell’s rescue at The Gabba
The ball didn’t find the middle of his bat.
Updated - Nov 21, 2018 3:25 pm
The pitch at The Gabba for India’s first T20I against Australia has turned out to be an absolute belter. After the Aussies lost the toss and were put in to bat first, most of their batsmen have been able to get hold of the bowlers without much fuss, one of them was Glenn Maxwell. He has recently been criticised for not showing enough consistency despite being given a number of chances.
However, he had a decent night with the bat in hand. He didn’t change his approach and decided to live by the sword. Prior to the rain-break, Australia scored 153 runs for the loss of three wickets in 16.1 overs. Maxwell racked up 46 runs from 23 balls with as many as four sixes. He was severe on left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya, who looked a tad helpless in front of Maxwell’s class.
Maxwell gets a reprieve
The Victorian smacked him for all the sixes and each of them comfortably sailed into the stands. In the meantime, luck also favoured him to some extent. He could’ve got out amidst the onslaught, but the Spidercam came to his rescue. In the fifth delivery of the 16th over, he deposited a full-toss from Krunal over the square leg boundary. He went for another big hit in the next ball itself.
This time around, the ball didn’t find the middle of the bat and it went a mile into the air. Nevertheless, the leather hit the Spidercam and came down to the ground. The umpire immediately signalled it as a dead ball and he didn’t make any mistake by any means. It also turned out to be a piece of luck him as the swashbuckling batsman could’ve been out had the ball not hit the camera.
The ball was nowhere near to going over the boundary and was destined to land on the outfield. After the bizarre incident, Maxwell smiled, maybe at the slice of luck. In the very next delivery, he swiped one to the long on region for a couple of runs. Meanwhile, Krunal’s horrendous spell of 4-0-55-0 came to an end. Maxwell’s partnership of 78 runs with Marcus Stoinis also remained intact.
Here is the video
— Mr Gentleman (@183_264) November 21, 2018