“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
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 27, 2023
Here’s how fans reacted:
Don't want to see Harmanpreet run out again. Painful
— Sanket ☭ (#FSGOUT) (@sankulyaa) February 27, 2023
That could cost Nz the match.
— 007 (@007_GPCM) February 27, 2023
Super lazy school boy error from Bracewell but Foakes 👏 That was as nonchalantly clever as it can get. That was Dhoni-esque to be very honest 👍 good on him, doing no harm to his England career. Handy contributor from the bat when in need and an extremely smart gloveman 👏
— Ankit Singh (@ankit_singh11) February 27, 2023
— Rohit Sisodiya (@Rohitsisodiya07) February 27, 2023
— Faiz Fazel (@theFaizFazel) February 27, 2023
Brace well didn't brace well while completing the run
— Puneet (@Puneetgulati) February 27, 2023
Phil Salt did this in the 2016(?) T20 final for Sussex.
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith691) February 27, 2023
Why do players at the top of the game seem to think they no longer need to do the things they should have been taught as a 10-year-old?
— Graham Smith (@glurcher) February 27, 2023
This moment could very well change the game result.
— Girish Reddy (@girishreddyt12) February 27, 2023
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.