There are various modes of dismissals in cricket, and some are disputed. One of these is to run out a non-striker on the run-up before the bowler bowls the ball. Which the cricket world has given the name of ‘Mankading’. Two years ago in the IPL, when veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Rajasthan opener, Jos Buttler like this while playing for Punjab, there was a lot of ruckus surrounding sportsmanship after the dismissal. But a match was played on Sunday, involving Uganda women’s team where not one or two, but four batters were dismissed in an innings like this, which surprised everyone.
It is clearly mentioned in the laws of cricket that if the non-striker goes out of the crease before the ball is bowled, then the bowler can dismiss him/her without warning. Players rarely get out in this way, but when it happens, the debate of sportsmanship often gets thrown up. But in a match of the Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier being held in Africa, a team gave a befitting reply to those who talked about sportsmanship by dismissing the batsmen in the way for 4 consecutive times.
A qualifier match was played between the women’s teams of Uganda and Cameroon at the Oval ground in Botswana. Batting first, Uganda’s team amassed 190 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Behind this excellent score, Rita Musamali’s tremendous innings of 59 runs contributed a lot. Although Cameroon’s bowlers also gave 35 extra runs in the innings, the most unique part of this innings was the run out of 4 batters.
Out of 6 wickets of Uganda, 4 batters were run out due to Mankading. Cameroonian bowler Mewa Douma, showing caution during his bowling, punished four batters one after the other for their mistake at the non-strike end and got run out.
Absolute scenes. pic.twitter.com/v2IEac0hY5
— Bertus de Jong (@BdJcricket) September 12, 2021
However, this match was the best moment for Cameroon, where their bowlers showed such understanding, as the team’s batting was in utter despair. The team was chasing 191 runs, but in the second over itself, the team lost the first wicket. Then it came down completely.
One by one the remaining 9 wickets also fell and the entire team was bundled out for just 35 runs. Surprisingly, 7 batsmen of the team could not even open the account and got out for 0. In this too, 6 consecutive batsmen continued to get dismissed on 0 from number 6 to 11. Uganda won the match by 155 runs.