A terrible mix-up happens on the field when there is a miscommunication between the fielders. During the opening day of the first Test match between England and India, Mohammed Shami was on the receiving end after his throw at the wrong end gifted a lifeline to Jonny Bairstow.
Before that, England Test captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Jasprit Bumrah provided a sensational start by dismissing opener Rory Burns in the fifth ball of the opening over of Day 1.
While Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley tried to stroll by adding runs, Mohammed Siraj dismissed Crawley with a stunning delivery. The right-handed batsman got a big inside edge and the ball went straight into the hand of Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.
Dominic Sibley and Joe Root laid a much-needed platform as the duo added 49 runs. However, Mohammed Siraj broke the partnership at the right time by getting rid of Sibley. Jonny Bairstow came out to bat and provided stability alongside captain Joe Root.
Mohammed Siraj’s throw at the wrong end gives a lifeline to Jonny Bairstow
The incident unfolded when the Test skipper Joe Root hit the ball towards deep. The skipper was circumspect in his decision and called for two. Needless to say, there was a slight misjudgement from Root and there was a clear run-out opportunity to dismiss Bairstow.
Meanwhile, Shami collected the ball and threw it towards the non-striker’s end (wrong end). Shami’s throw ensured that Bairstow got plenty of time to reach the striker’s end safely. Shami’s wrong throw gave a new lifeline to Bairstow.
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Meanwhile, Bairstow failed to make use of the lifeline to better effect. Mohammed Shami who made the mistake during the run-out chance went on to dismiss Bairstow. Shami pitched the red leather at the right line only to trap the batsman for a leg before wicket.