David Warner narrowly avoided a comical run-out in the ongoing game between Australia and the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The incident occurred in the 17th over of Australia’s innings, when Warner was batting on 46. On the first ball of the over, Warner timed Colin Ackermann’s delivery towards the left of the fielder at mid-wicket and set off for a single. His partner Steve Smith also decided to go for the single before immediately changing his mind.
The former Australia captain quickly turned back to get inside his crease. David Warner, on the other hand, was already halfway down the track when he realized Smith’s intention. In fact, he was just a couple of steps away from the non-striker’s end. The southpaw’s innings seemed destined for an unfortunate end, but the fielder made a mess of what should have been an easy opportunity.
The fielder fumbled and it allowed the Australia opener to get back inside his crease safely. David Warner’s run-out scare was a relief for Australia, as the left-handed batsman has been in excellent form in the tournament. He has scored 354 runs in five matches at an average of 118, including two centuries.
Here is the video of the incident:
View this post on Instagram
Australia was on 165 for 2 in the 25th over at the time of writing this report, with Warner batting on 79 and Marnus Labuschagne on 3. Smith departed after scoring 71 runs.
David Warner’s run-out scare was a reminder of the importance of communication between batters, especially when running between the wickets. Smith and Warner could have easily avoided the situation if they had communicated their intentions clearly.
The incident also highlighted the importance of fielding accuracy. The fielder at mid-wicket had a good chance to effect the run-out, but his fumble allowed Warner to get back inside his crease. Australia will be hoping that Warner can continue his good form in the tournament. He is a key player for them and his runs will be crucial to their chances of winning the World Cup.