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Team India ran ‘two Australian batsmen’ out in one delivery in Visakhapatnam T20I

The batsmen had a terrible mix-up and it was an opportunity at both ends for Team India.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Not many supporters would have thought the match would go till the last ball for a decision but the first T20I between India and Australia played in Visakhapatnam on Sunday showed the greatness of cricket once again. Chasing a modest target of 127 in 20 overs, the visitors had a terrible start as they were two down for five. D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell then rebuilt the innings but the team again lost a couple of quick wickets to keep the Indian side interested.

Australia were cruising at one point of time at 101 for 3 after Maxwell scored a 43-ball 56 and they needed just 26 runs off 29 balls with seven wickets in hand. On any day, the plot looks done and dusted for the defending team but not on Sunday under the lights at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

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The 16th over had just started and after conceding a run to Short who looked set on 37 after bowling a wide ball, pacer Umesh Yadav bowled the second ball of the over to debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb. What followed next was a horror for the Australian dressing room and fans.

Short and Handscomb mix-up in the middle of the wicket

Handscomb played it to the deep fine leg and there was an easy couple. Short went for it but Handscomb changed his mind after giving the initial call. Both the batsmen were confused in the middle of the wicket (they were just at a handshake’s distance) when the ball reached wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Krunal Pandya.

The veteran gloveman still with electric agility dislodged the stumps at his end and then threw the ball back to the bowler Yadav also removed the bails. Both the batsmen fell short of their respective ends even though the rules allow only one batsman to be dismissed. Short was the unfortunate one in this occasion and his promising innings met a premature demise.

India struck in the very next over when Krunal Pandya bowled Ashton Turner and Handscomb returned two overs later and suddenly India felt they could also win the game. However, two Australian tail-enders in Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson eventually helped the visitors to prevail over India in the game.

Here is the video of the run out:

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