WPL, GG vs RCB | Twitter reacts as Gardner makes mess of run-out chance to gift lifeline to Mandhana
Ashleigh Gardner dismissed Smriti Mandhana on 18 runs|
Fielding is one of the very important aspects in cricket and a mistake in the field can often give an opportunity for the batter to extend his stay at the crease. Ashleigh Gardner made the same mistake when she failed to execute a run out despite having an easy chance to dismiss Smiriti Mandhana.
It is another game dominated by the batters as Gujarat Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore are up against each other at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Gujarat posted a total of 201/7 in the first innings while Bangalore also made a quick start to their innings with 33 runs from the first three overs. Smriti Mandhana was on 16 runs when the opposition to got a chance to run her out but a botch in the field ensured her survival.
Ashleigh Gardner was bowling the fourth over of the innings and the left-handed batter was facing the fourth ball of the over. Gardener bowled a loppy delivery spinning away from Mandhana and she was deceived with the flight. India’s star batter got the outside edge of the bat and it flew to the backward point.
The edge landed just short of the fielder inside the 30-yard circle. However, there was a miscommunication between the two batters at the crease and Mandhana was struggling to make it to the non-strikers'. Gardner received the throw from the fielder at the non-striker’s end and she had an opportunity to run out the batter.
However, Gardner was standing away from the stumps and she failed to hit the sticks in time before the batter gets in the crease after receiving the throw. It was an easy run out chance but the team missed the opportunity to dismiss the ace batter. However, the bowler ensured that Mandhana will not capitalise on the chance to survive and dismissed her on 18 runs two overs later.
Twitter noticed the incident and expressed their reactions on social media.
Just by inches!
March 8, 2023
Needs to guard
Gardner needs to guard better. She could have been sent Smriti Mandana to pavellion if bit more sharp. It may cost huge to #GujaratGiants#WPL2023 #GGvsRCB— Pooja Srivastava (@Poojajourno) March 8, 2023
Hope see makes mark
#WPL2023 #GGvRCB This is the luck that Mandhana needs one has to guess, hope she makes a mark in this tournament— Bala Yogesh (@Yo_Bala) March 8, 2023
Anyone of both!
Smriti Mandhana giving her wicket to Ash Gardner or Sneh Rana?— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) March 8, 2023
I think Ash
Get her bunny
Will the Gardner get her bunny is the koschen or will mandhana save herself??— Nikhil (@Wantwochange) March 8, 2023
Mandhana vs Gardner matchup is going to be huge in this run chase. The off-spinner has already dismissed the left-hander 11 times in all formats.— BaldIsBest (@PratyushRohra18) March 8, 2023
Can see gifting wicket
I can see Mandhana gifting her wkt to Ash Gardner 🤣🤣— Juilius Sneezer (@itsmewhocares11) March 8, 2023
Just can't play
Smriti Mandhana's off-spin game 😬 she just can't play the offie 🤷 #RcbvsGG #TATAWPL #WPL2023— Honestly Cricket (@Honestlycricket) March 8, 2023
Bowling Ash.... Bowling Ash....— Kaustav Dasgupta 🇮🇳 (@KDasgupta_18) March 8, 2023
Was it @ashwinravi99?? No it was Ash Gardener this time...😂#WPL2023
Sania Mirza wasting time for RCB. #WPL2023— Anurag Chaturvedi (@anuragchturvedi) March 8, 2023