Twitter Reactions: RCB’s Moeen Ali gets run out off a free-hit against SRH

Twitter Reactions: RCB’s Moeen Ali gets run out off a free-hit against SRH

Rashid Khan threw the stumps down at the non-striker's end.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

Moeen Ali was an integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, in 2020, he has strained to find his feet. Having played only a handful of matches, he has been in and out of the team. Neither has he delivered with the bat nor has he performed with the ball. It’s uncharacteristic of him since he has loads of potential.

He had a job to do in the Eliminator against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday, November 6, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he had ample time to bat as 58 balls were remaining in the innings. The Red Army had lost Aaron Finch, who scored 32 off 30 balls with three fours and one six, with the score at 56/3.

He had the very experienced AB de Villiers for company. Though ABD wasn’t going at the rate of knots, he was squeezing out the singles to at least keep the scoreboard ticking. In the 11th over, Shahbaz Nadeem accounted for Finch’s wicket and Ali came in to bat. In the fourth ball of the over, De Villiers patted one to deep mid-wicket for a single and it also happened to be a no-ball.

Moeen Ali suffers a brain explosion

Moeen couldn’t have expected for a luckier start as he was about to take strike in the free hit. However, fate had something gruesome in store for him. Nadeem fired one in the block-hole and all Moeen could do was dig it out. It was then that something unusual happened. Ali went for the risk of taking a sharp single. However, he had to deal with Rashid Khan, one of the best in the business.

Rashid was patrolling the extra-cover region and he aimed at the bowler’s end with perfection. He threw the stumps down and Moeen ended up getting run-out off a free hit. It’s the only possible form of dismissal off a free-hit. Virat Kohli, the RCB skipper, from the dug-out wasn’t happy by any stretch of the imagination. Even the users on Twitter had their say on Moeen’s dismissal.

Here’s how the netizens reacted: