New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was left red-faced after Daryl Mitchell convinced him to take a bizarre DRS against Sri Lanka in the ongoing World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. On the fourth ball of the 24th over, Lockie Ferguson bowled a low full-toss to Dushmantha Chameera. The batter defended and got a massive inside edge. Daryl Mitchell, who was in the slips, was convinced that it was out. He convinced skipper Kane Williamson to take the review.
However, as the replays were shown on the big screen, it was clear that the ball had hit Chameera’s pad outside the line of off-stump. The New Zealand team was left embarrassed, and skipper Kane Williamson in particular looked sheepish as he hid his face.
Despite the DRS blunder, New Zealand have been in complete control of the match. They have bowled brilliantly to restrict Sri Lanka to 128/9. Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee have all picked up three wickets each. Kane Williamson has also produced another hilarious moment in the field. Angelo Mathews, who was timed out in the last game after the strap of his helmet broke, was asked by the Kiwi skipper about the same.
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As Angelo Mathews came out to bat in the ninth over, Kane Williamson went close to him and asked if he had his helmet strap correct or not. The incident left many in splits and invited hilarious reactions from many. Overall, it has been a good day for New Zealand. They have been clinical with both bat and ball, and they are on course for a win that will almost take them to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Kane Williamson’s DRS blunder was a rare mistake from the experienced captain. It is understandable that he was convinced by Daryl Mitchell, who is a very good fielder. However, Williamson should have been more careful before taking the review.
Williamson’s moment with Angelo Mathews was also funny, but it was also a reminder of the importance of safety in cricket. It is important for players to make sure that their helmets are properly strapped on before they start batting. Overall, it has been a good day for New Zealand. They have played well in all departments of the game, and they are in a strong position to win the match.