Spinner’s ‘Ball of the Century’ stuns batter, breaks internet© X (formerly Twitter)
A brilliant delivery from a spinner during the match between Kuwait Nationals and SBS CC in the KCC T20 Challengers Cup 2024 has gone viral with many social media users hailing it as the new ‘ball of the century’. The ball dropped way outside the off-stump and the batter followed it to go for a huge slop sweep over mid-wicket. However, the delivery turned sharply and crashed into the stumps leaving the batter completely perplexed. Social media users were quick to call it the new ‘Ball of the century’ – a term used to describe Shane Warne‘s to dismiss England’s Mike Gatting in June 1993. Even international cricketers joined in on the conversation and the video has garnered a lot of attention.
Meanwhile, Australian dominance of major cricket events continued on Sunday when they beat India by 79 runs in the Under-19 World Cup final at Willowmoore Park in South Africa.
Australia’s senior men’s team won the world Test championship and Cricket World Cup in 2023 – beating India in the finals on both occasions.
The Australian women’s team are the current 50-overs and T20 World Cup champions.
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Sunday’s final between the only unbeaten teams in the tournament was surprisingly one-sided.
Australia made 253 for seven in their 50 overs after winning the toss and deciding to bat. Strongly-built left-hander Harjas Singh made a hard-hit 55 to highlight a solid batting performance.
India’s batting had been their strength leading up the final but they crashed to 122 for eight against Australia’s pace bowling attack.
Opening batsman Adarsh Singh (47) was the only top-order batsman to shine.
Murugan Abhishek (42) led some lower-order resistance before the five-time champions were bowled out for 174.
Fast bowler Mahli Beardman took three for 15 and was named man of the match. Off-spinner Raf MacMillan took three for 41.
(With AFP inputs)
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