Windies vs Bangladesh: Sheldon Cottrell bowls one of the most bizarre deliveries ever
Bangladesh won the game and the closely-fought series as well.
Published - Jul 31, 2018 4:46 pm | Updated - Jul 31, 2018 4:53 pm
Bangladesh and Windies were recently involved in the competitive three-match ODI series which was eventually won by the tourists. The home side went down fighting in the decider as they fell short of the target by just 18 runs. It was their bowling which failed to deliver when it mattered the most and it cost them the game. However, amidst all the excitement, the fans witnessed one of the most bizarre deliveries ever in the first over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell.
Cottrell was included in the squad only because Andre Russell was injured and ruled out of the final One-Day International. Nevertheless, he made it to the playing XI as well and was handed over the new ball after Jason Holder lost the all-important toss.
Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque opened the innings for the visitors and the latter took strike with an aim to get his team off to a good start. But what transpired off the fifth ball of the over left everyone perplexed. In an attempt to give his best, Cottrell charged to deliver the last but first delivery of the over. But just when he was about to end his run-up, the bowler lost the ball from his hands as it flew directly towards the second slip.
It was one of the worst deliveries and the umpire also deservedly called it a no-ball and the free hit was awarded to the opposition.
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The visitors posted an above par total of 301 runs by batting first and Windies needed a huge effort to gun down the total. Chris Gayle blasted his way to 73 off just 66 balls. But once he was dismissed, the hosts lost the gas and the run-scoring came down drastically. They also lost wickets at the regular intervals and fell behind the game.
It was only due to Rovman Powell’s heroics that they reached close to the target. His unbeaten knock of 74 runs off 41 deliveries ignited interest in the game but his efforts went in vain as his team could only post 283 runs in 50 overs.