South Australia’s Tom Cooper hit a ramp shot for four off the very next ball after being dared by Victoria’s wicket-keeper Sam Harper to pull one off. Cooper went on to hit a 46-ball 81, and along with Callum Ferguson’s 122, helped his team post 322, which eventually proved enough for a one-run win.
Ever since the stump-mic has been turned on loud enough for the TV viewers to hear the banter going on live cricket has produced some rather hilarious moments. Perhaps none more special than when a new-to-the-crease Cooper was dared by Harper to attempt a ramp shot off medium-fast bowler Jonathan Merlo. It was the 43rd over of the innings, with Ferguson on 119 at the other end, when the Victorian keeper tried to entice the Dutch-born international into a false.
But boy, did he get it wrong. Not only did Cooper deliver on the dare, but he also went onto smash four other boundaries and seven towering sixes as South Australia posted 322.
In reply, Victoria lost Harper in the very first over of the innings for nought. Despite Aaron Finch’s 119 and skipper Peter Handscomb’s 87, the hosts’ bowling unit did enough at the end to edge the thrilling encounter by one run.