Run-outs are unarguably the most infuriating form of dismissal for batters, more so when they occur due to the nonsensical antics of their batting partner. The Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh was left with nothing to do halfway down the track by Manish Pandey after a mix-up cost the former his wicket.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) managed to make a strong comeback to reach a score of 167/8 on the board before some clinical new-ball bowling helped get rid of both DC openers by the third over itself. The hosts were, however, handed an unexpected bonus shortly after to place them in the driver’s seat early in the second innings, courtesy of some hilarious running between the wickets by Manish Pandey and Mitchell Marsh.
WATCH – Ziva Dhoni Was Delighted After Seeing Her Father Hitting A Couple Of Sixes
Tushar Deshpande was bowling the fourth over and delivered a shortish delivery angling into Pandey, who cautiously defended on the back foot with soft hands, in hopes of sneaking a quick single. Pandey took a few steps after defending the ball, only to realize Ajinkya Rahane was steaming towards it from short cover.
The 33-year-old hesitated, his eyes fixed on the ball, even as Mitchell Marsh ran down the track to complete the run, in time. However, the Australian was encouraged to keep on going as Pandey was a couple of strides forward to indicate the run was on but once Rahane had the ball in hand, Manish Pandey sold his teammate down the river by taking a sharp U-turn and hurrying back to his crease.
WATCH – Lalit Yadav Takes An Exceptional Catch To Send Back Ajinkya Rahane
Mitchell Marsh, who was already alongside Pandey by the time, had nowhere to go once his partner had turned his back on him. Realizing his fate, he did not even make an attempt to save his wicket given he saw an ecstatic Rahane taking off towards the bowler’s end in full flight before enthusiastically clipping the ball in his hand.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh:
The Twitterati was quick to throw harsh criticism Pandey’s way, considering the precarious situation the wicket left DC in, and flooded social media with reactions to the incident.
If Manish Pandey doesn't win it from here after not sacrificing his wicket for a better-bet as match-winner, he would find it difficult to face people in the dug-out.#DCvCSK
— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) May 10, 2023
Watching MSD and Manish Pandey together at the field.#CSKvDC #DCvCSK
My mind: pic.twitter.com/NxZcCG3yGh
— अदिति ♡ (@Chillpill06_) May 10, 2023
#CSKvDC Manish Pandey has sold Mitch Marsh down the river. Shud play a match winning knock or shud b benched in IPL always. Not deserving of u can't hav any impact on match playing fr yrs nd run out ur key striker. CSK on top here.
— MOHD FUZAIL AHMAD (@mohdfuzailahmad) May 10, 2023
Manish Pandey is an impact player for sure !!#CSKvDC
— Aishwarya 🐥 (@ASmartCivilian) May 10, 2023
Manish Pandey deserves absolute hell for this harkat. #CSKvDC saala khud 2 kaudi ki form me hai…he should've sacrificed his wicket after this horrible calling
— Jatin (@JatinYdv24) May 10, 2023
Manish Pandey is the impact player for CSK in today's match.
— Shubh Gupta (@Sh__ubh) May 10, 2023
Small things like Manish Pandey being selfish and not sacrificing his wicket for the more destructive Mitch Marsh can become a BIG thing and cost you a season. #CSKvDC
— IPL Insider (@Cricket_Fantasy) May 10, 2023
Manish Pandey will make it easier for CSK..if he stays till 15th over #CSKvDC
— Pavankumar (@Pavan4054) May 10, 2023
Delhi needs Manish Pandey special tonight.#IPL2023,#CSKvDC
— Ꮢaнυl cнaυdнary ∆² (@Rahulchaudhrry) May 10, 2023