A bizarre incident where a clean-bowled batter was able to remain at the crease has left cricket viewers gobsmacked.
South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp was the beneficiary of one of the strangest incidents seen in a major International tournament when she looked to have been dismissed by Sri Lanka’s Udeshika Prabodhani in the ICC Women’s World T20.
Kapp played and missed a pitched-up delivery that clipped the outside of her off stump, which lit up to indicate the wicket had been taken.
However, to the astonishment of the Sri Lankan team and commentators, both bails remained seemingly unmoved on top of the stumps as Kapp was given the most fortuitous of reprieves.
“Well at that pace how can it hit the stumps and (the bail) not come off?” Nasser Hussein asked in commentary.
“Wow, you know it’s your day when the ball hits off stump and you’re still batting the next delivery.”
Kapp made the most of her lucky break as she and captain Dane van Niekerk helped South Africa kickstart their campaign with a solid seven-wicket win in the rain-interrupted match.
South African quick Shabman Ismail had helped limit the Sri Lankans to a modest 8/99 in their 20 overs after taking figures of 3/10.
The batters then led by Kapp’s 44-ball 38 saw off the underwhelming target in 18.3 overs at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
It was an even more memorable match for South African’s Kapp and van Niekerk, who made their way into the history books during the contest.
The cricketers tied the knot in July, with team skipper van Niekerk marrying teammate and all rounder Kapp in Johannesburg.
During the win against Sri Lanka, the married couple became the first ever pair to build a partnership and bat together in a major ICC tournament.
After Kapp made the news of their marriage public with an Instagram post from the wedding ceremony, they became just the second women’s cricket pair to tie the knot – following New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu’s in March 2017.