The ongoing edition of the Big Bash League has been making the headlines for all the right, wrong, hilarious reasons. Earlier, there were controversial umpiring calls that questioned the standard of umpiring in the Australian franchise cricket.
Then, the league witnessed brilliant catches taken by fielders on the field. Now, this time around, the league witnessed an interesting incident at the stands. While fans turn up in numbers to support their respective teams, they expect their favorite team to perform well.
As far as neutral fans are concerned, they would least expect the game to be entertaining from ball one. Above all, without fans, the sport is nothing. The way in which the fans cheer up for their teams and players is something beyond words and it is considered one of the best parts of the game.
While the audience uplifts players’ morale during the game, they also steal the spotlight for their antics, and one such incident took place during the 23rd match between Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes in the 10th edition of the BBL.
Man refuses to return the ball
Usually, in the game of cricket, there has been a common understanding between the players and the fans and that is when a batsman hits a ball over the fence, then the fans would quickly pick up the ball and return it to the fielders.
This is quite common in the bat-ball game. At times, fans take a selfie after collecting the match ball. This time around, in the BBL, a man refused to return the ball to the fielders, and the video of which went viral on social media platforms.
During the 4th ball of the 16th over, Dawid Malan launched Lance Morris’ ball into the stands. The South African international targeted it towards the leg side where the ball traveled over the fine leg fielder’s head.
The fan tried his luck to catch the ball by himself but he ended up dropping it in the follow-through. Then what happened next was pure drama. After dropping the ball, the man somehow managed to deflect the ball inside beer which another man next to him was drinking.
Meanwhile, the television cameras were panned into the man and the latter tried to make the whole incident hilarious by drinking the beer along with the ball. This particular incident left the on-air commentators and audience in splits.
Watch the video:
Malan’s candid knock helps Hurricanes
Batting first, Hurricanes posted a competitive total of 164/5 in their quota of 20 overs. Dawid Malan was the pick of the batsmen as he chipped in with 75 off 56 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Stanlake was the pick of the bowlers for Melbourne Stars as he accounted for 3 dismissals. In reply, Stars ended up scoring 143/9 in 20 overs. Maxwell played a captain’s knock as he scored 70 off 37 including 6 fours and 5 sixes.
Apart from him, nobody added value to the scorecard. Hurricanes’ bowlers did a pretty good job in running through the defense of the opposition. Scott Boland picked 3/22 in 4 overs while Sandeep and Nathan took 2 wickets each. Hurricanes won by 21 runs and Boland was named the player of the match.