England’s brand new competition, The Hundred, has already seen enough drama on the field. The tournament ran through rib-tickling, nail-biting, intense moments that kept the fans at the edge of their seats. After all the competitive games, the two best teams reached the final.
The intriguing final between Southern Brave and Birmingham Phoenix took place at the Lord’s, London. Birmingham Phoenix captain Moeen Ali won the toss and opted to bowl first. Southern Brave batters converted most of the deliveries into boundaries and sixes.
Paul Stirling was the pick of the batsmen as he chipped in with 61 off just 36 balls. He bludgeoned his innings with the help of 2 fours and 6 sixes. Apart from him, Ross Whiteley also batted really well. He looked good for his 44 off 19 balls including 4 fours and 4 sixes.
New Zealand’s Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers for Birmingham Phoenix. The pacer bowled with version and passion as he took 2 wickets while also bowling 14 dot balls in his quota of 20 balls. He conceded just 8 runs in his spell.
Liam Livingstone gets out in a strange fashion
Cricketers getting involved in run-outs is like literally throwing wickets away. Modern-day cricket demands athletes to be quicker between the wickets. Although the game has seen run-outs in the form of mix-ups between the batsmen, it witnessed the other side as well.
Liam Livingstone got involved in a lazy run-out and his dismissal was a turning point in the final. Earlier, when the Phoenix team lost two wickets in 19 balls, Liam Livingstone and captain Moeen Ali punched their way to a 56-run recovery partnership.
Livingstone made his batting look so easy as he scored runs at the rate of knots. He struck 44 runs off 19 balls including 4 fours and as many sixes at a strike rate of 242.11. While things were moving smoothly, Livingstone threw away his wicket by getting involved in a lazy run-out.
The incident took place during the 45th ball of the Phoenix innings when Livingstone mistimed the ball towards the off-side. Although there was a fielder positioned there to take the catch, he dived only to let go of the opportunity.
Meanwhile, Livingstone who took the first run tried to get back to the striker’s end. As it happened, he was run out by Tim David’s direct throw. The video clip has gone viral on social media. Phoenix scored 136/5 in 100 balls and lost the final by 32 runs.