In the ongoing ICC Women’s T20I World cup England face South Africa in one of the league match. Where South Africa women’s team beat England Women’s team with two balls to spare. England’s pacer Katherine Brunt shows the spirit of cricket by avoiding ‘Mankad’ run out.
Mankad run out
As a bowler enters his delivery stride, the non-striking batsman usually ‘backs up’. This means he leaves his popping crease and walks towards the other end of the wicket so that it will take him less time to reach the other end if he and his batting partner choose to attempt a run.
Sometimes a batsman, whilst backing up, leaves the popping crease before the bowler has actually delivered the ball. Where this has happened, the bowler may attempt to run the non-striking batsman out in accordance with the Laws of the game. If he fails, and the batsman has remained within the crease, the delivery is called a dead ball.
Some observers feel that dismissing a batsman in this way is against the spirit of the game, but others believe that the Laws and regulations exist to be used and that, as the run out backing up is expressly within the professional regulations, it is legitimate and sporting to exercise the provision.
According to the former convention, a generous bowler may warn a batsman to stay in his crease rather than to take his wicket. But this is not required by the Laws of the game nor the MCC guidance notes on the Spirit of Cricket. When the run out has happened in first-class cricket, it has on occasion provoked debate. Such dismissals have always occurred and continue to divide opinion.
Katherine Brunt-shows the spirit of game
In the last over of the match where South Africa needed 7 runs from four balls to win the match held at the WACA Ground in Perth on Monday. Brunt had a chance for “Mankand” run out Luus despite she showed the spirit of the game by not taking the wicket. The former Indian cricketer who did it in Australia – Brunt held on and returned back to her bowling mark. But in the very next ball striker hit a massive six and registered South Africa’s maiden win in T20I Women’s World cup 2020.
With the game on the line, Katherine Brunt could have dismissed Sune Luus at the non-striker’s end, but opted not to. Moments later Mignon du Preez blasted a game-defining six.
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While Brunt batting
Earlier, Brunt got a reprieve herself when batting in England’s innings of 123-8. During the 17th over of the innings, South Africa’s medium-pacer Ayabonga Khaka pulled out of her delivery stride when Brunt was backing up at the non-striker’s end.
“I think it was Brunt that got one herself – a warning when she was batting, backing up. Nothing wrong with that at all,” commentator Nasser Hussain said.