Sam Billings’ top-edge six forces Mitchell Marsh to take a long walk to get the ball in Manchester.
Earlier, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc various sporting events all across the globe. The virus infection caused massive disruption to cricket. India’s remaining two ODIs against South Africa were canceled due to the pandemic.
The IPL was postponed for an indefinite time. As the months progressed, cricket boards came up with a proper solution. The boards issued safety guidelines to the cricketers to tackle the coronavirus.
After months, cricket was finally back. The international assignments kicked off as usual. The BCCI shifted the IPL to the UAE.
Billings’ six forces Mitchell Marsh to fetch the ball from the parking lot
With no cricket fans in the stadium, the players are unable to get motivation from fans’ cheers and support. All the cricketing events are played behind closed doors.
As if that wasn’t enough, the gameplay has taken a new hit with less strength in terms of ground personnel. As a result, cricketers are experiencing a new issue. Fielders are fetching the ball from the vacant and far stands.
The same incident happened during the first ODI between England and Australia at The Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. During the match, Mitchell Marsh took a long walk to the parking lot in an attempt to fetch the ball.
The incident happened after the final delivery of the 27th over. Pat Cummins’ lethal bouncer took the top-edge of Sam Billings bat and the ball went for a six. The ball bounced in the gaps between the stands and it rolled towards the parking lot outside the stadium.
Australia win ODI series opener
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were the top performers for Australia in Manchester. The duo added a 126-run stand for the sixth wicket and contributed 73 and 77 runs respectively. With their help, Australia posted 294/9 in their 50 overs.
England bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood accounted for three dismissals each. Adil Rashid bagged two wickets. In reply, English batsmen lost their plot while chasing the target. Other than Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings, no batsmen turned up for England.
Sam Billings was the pick of the batsmen for England as he scored a brilliant 118. Jonny Bairstow was the second-best batsman for England as he scored 84. England managed to come close but lost the game by 19 runs.
Josh Hazlewood was the man of the match in the first ODI. He accounted for three dismissals, giving away 26 runs. Adam Zampa bagged four wickets and conceded 55 runs.
England responded very well in the second ODI. They dominated Australia in all aspects of the game. In the end, the hosts won the game by 24 runs and leveled the series at 1-1. The final ODI will take place on September 16 in Manchester.