‘Don’t want to see Harmanpreet run out again’ – Michael Bracewell gets run out in bizarre manner against England in 2nd Test

By Daniel S

February 27, 2023

“That should never be the case, if you are New Zealand then, it is,” commentator could be heard when New Zealand batter Michael Bracewell happened to be a part of the very unfortunate moment; both for him and his team. It all happened when Tom Blundell played Jack Leach to the mid-wicket in the 159th over of the second New Zealand innings.

The duo of Blundell and Bracewell tried to make it the third run as Ben Stokes chased it down in the mid-wicket before throwing it to Ben Foakes at the keeper’s end. Foakes in a very casual state of mind dislodged the bails off the stumps but it was too casual an approach and very less game awareness by Bracewell as he didn’t put forward his bat in the crease. Subsequently, the TV umpire declared the Kiwi batter as ‘run-out’ as his right foot was in the air alongside the scene the bat was not landed in the crease.

The video of this moment from the Wellington Test is making rounds on social media as fans are also remembering the Indian women’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Notably, she also got run out in the same bizarre manner against Australia in the first semi-final of the Women’s 20-20 World Cup 2023.

Here’s the video of when Michael Bracewell got run-out

Here’s how fans reacted:

Speaking of the current action of the Wellington Test between New Zealand and England, the hosts have posted a target of 258 runs in the fourth innings; after surviving a follow-on with a lead of 257 runs in the second innings courtesy of a brilliant century by the former skipper and batting superstar Kane Williamson (132 runs). Other than Williamson, senior opener Tom Latham and wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell also contributed with knocks of 83 and 90 runs respectively.

At the time of stumps on the fourth day, England had scored 48 runs for the loss of one wicket in the form of opener Zak Crawley off Kiwi skipper Tim Southee. Now, England requires 210 runs on the last day to win the match; whereas the hosts are nine wickets away from leveling the series with a win in the second Test.