Cricket is a funny game filled with amusing incidents and happenings!
One such incident happened in the Adelaide Oval when Sri Lanka was playing against South Africa. Sri Lanka were chasing a total of 264 set by the Proteas.
It all happened in the 27th over. Marvan Attapattu was batting at the crease and Johan Botha was the bowler. Botha bowled the first delivery of the over, a simple off-break delivery which first struck Attapattu’s pads and then went into the gloves of wicket keeper Mark Boucher’s gloves.
Immediately both the bowler and keeper appealed twice for lbw and caught behind respectively but umpire Aleem Dar did not seem interested at all.
Just as they were shouting for the appeal, Attapattu came out of the crease thinking that he will steal a quick run, Boucher showed great presence of mind and threw the ball from an acute angle to the stumps which in turn dislodged the bails.
Square leg umpire Daryl Harper referred the decision to the third umpire which ultimately led to Attapattu’s run-out.
Attapattu has only himself to blame to for this dismissal as he must be thinking why he came out of the crease for no reason. May be he did not actually watch the ball was in Boucher’s gloves.
But the hero of this wicket has got to be Boucher who despite being in the mode of appealing, took the initiative to throw the ball from a difficult angle and dismiss Attapattu!
Standing at the non-striker end, Tillakaratne Dilshan witnessed the entire drama and found it hard to believe that his partner got out in such dramatic fashion!