Cricket, known for its unpredictable nature, often gifts fans with moments that defy the ordinary. In the 3rd ODI clash between the Australia Women’s Team and the South Africa Women’s Team, such an extraordinary incident unfolded, leaving cricket enthusiasts in awe.
The setting was Sydney, where Australia and South Africa locked horns in an ICC Championship Match. In the 48th over of Australia’s batting, a bizarre event occurred, elevating the game to new heights of unpredictability.
No Ball, Six, Hit Wicket – everything happened in one ball. pic.twitter.com/g48c8aatVn— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 10, 2024
Masabata Klaas, in her bowling spell, delivered a shoulder-high full toss to Alana King. What ensued was nothing short of a cricketing spectacle. Alana King, in an attempt to play an unconventional shot, swiveled, lost her balance, and her bat accidentally hit the stumps, dislodging the bails. Astonishingly, the timing was so impeccable that the ball sailed over the fence, registering a six.
This single delivery encapsulated the rare combination of a No Ball, a Six, and a Hit Wicket – a symphony of cricketing anomalies seldom witnessed on the field.
Fortunately, the umpire declared it a clear No Ball, granting Alana King a Free Hit, which she capitalized on by sending the next ball over the boundary for another six.
The Australian innings concluded with a total of 277 for 9 in their 50 overs. Captain Alyssa Healy contributed 60 runs, while Beth Mooney’s impressive 82 runs played a pivotal role for the Aussies. As South Africa commenced their chase, they stood at 36 for 2 after 8 overs.
This match marked the third and final encounter in the ODI series. With a 1-1 scoreline, the Sydney showdown became the decider. Following this, both teams are scheduled to engage in a one-off Test match in Perth.