Australia v Bangladesh, U-19 World Cup quarter-final August 19, 2012

Lesson learned from Peirson's Mankading - Bosisto


Australia's Jimmy Peirson was dismissed between the fourth and fifth deliveries of the 11th over of the chase in the World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh. He was 'Mankaded' by the bowler Soumya Sarkar: run out after backing up too far before the bowler had entered delivery stride. The Mankad, and one without at least one warning, is perhaps not in the Spirit of Cricket, which is a vast expanse of grey, but it is certainly in the rules of the game, which are more black and white.

Defending 171 in a high-stakes game such as a quarter-final, Bangladesh were within their rights to punish Peirson for trying to take an advantage he shouldn't be taking. These Under-19 cricketers are on the cusp of their careers in professional sport, where no inches are given, and Australia's captain William Bosisto, who was in the middle when the dismissal occurred, said a lesson had been learned from the experience.

"We certainly won't be getting out like that again," Bosisto said, after steering Australia to a five-wicket victory with his fourth unbeaten knock in as many innings. "It was obviously disappointing from our perspective but that's within the laws of the game and I think our boys will learn a lesson from that."

Peirson had been given no warning by Sarkar before the bails were whipped off, according to Bosisto, who then spoke to the Bangladesh captain Anamul Haque to try and resolve the situation in Australia's favour. Even after the umpires spoke to him, Anamul did not withdraw the appeal and Peirson had to go, leaving Australia on 33 for 4.

Stuart Law, Australia's coach, did not see the Mankad live, and there are no television facilities at Endeavour Park since the matches from the venue are not being broadcast. He said the lesson learned was a valuable one. "It is in the laws of cricket. If you are out of your crease and they decide to uphold the appeal, it is out," Law said. "You don't have to give the warning. The guys now realise that they can't leave their crease before the ball is bowled."

In the aftermath of the Peirson dismissal, the game heated up, with the Australian supporters who'd come to watch voicing their disapproval. Travis Head joined Bosisto with Australia needing 139 and they went on to have a 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

"To go out there, there was a bit of emotion, which is good," Head said. "A few of the boys were getting stuck into each other. It was good, hard cricket and it was good to go out on that stage and try and prove my skills I guess. In my own head, I probably went out there and wanted to obviously do it for my team. It gave me a little bit more emotion and ticker I guess, to stay in."

Head made 44 off 49 balls, his pace of scoring reducing pressure, while Bosisto continued accumulating. He ensured the Peirson run-out did not cost Australia the match, and set up a semi-final clash against South Africa on Tuesday.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Godric on August 21, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    It has helped the batsman, he could have made this mistake in a bigger stage of the game but he would most likely not repeat it. And I do not think Anamul should have withdrawn the decision, it might seem unfair but it is within the laws, and leaving the crease before the bowl is bowled puts less chance of a run out, so I think it is fair and the captain made the right decision. And bd was not in a comfortable position it is always hard if u are defending a total of 171 and in the quarter final and against the strongest team of the tournament who are playing in their home ground.

  • roket on August 20, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: I think Mahela would disagree with you, Ashwin did not warn Thirimanne, even the commentators said so, you can check youtube. The decision was reversed by Sehwag, and I agree that was the right thing to do, as it was not obvious if warnings were given. And not only India have class, Rafique could have won the test for BD in Multan if he Mankaded after warning twice, which would have been historic for BD to win a a test match within 3 years of getting status on foreign soil. Class is not India's property only, we have seen many instances of lack of sprotsman like conduct from Indian players, I am not going to start that argument here!:-) As for the decision by Anamul, he could have chosen otherwise, yes. He is a 19 year old playing against possibly the strongest team, in their home soil, facing elimination, unless you are in his shoes, it is hard to predict what others would have done. And don't forget who started "Mankading"!:-)

  • Manesh on August 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    What would have been the fuss if India did this without warning!. This is were Indian team shows its class. The bowler (Aswin) warned the batsmen in the recent series and Kapil warned 3-4 times in the old days and I just wonder how many teams will do that other than SA. They decided not to ran out Robin singh in a tight- chase case where Robin collide with the bowler.

  • B on August 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Not this again! Thankfully Bosisto and Law were sensible about it. The laws are crystal clear in allowing "Makading", and any suggestion that it's unsporting to run out a non-striker who is trying to steal an advantage is completely misconceived. There are worthwhile debates about the spirit of the game, but this isn't one of them.

  • Luke on August 20, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    @ Sydneyump and Jediroya, the rule was reversed last year allowing "madkading" again. Not really a fan of it, but then again I'm a batsman ;)

  • Peter on August 20, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    My interpretation of the Law since the 2000 Law change is that if the bowler is in his run up then the ball is live and a throw at the stumps prior to entering the delivery stride must be called as a No-Ball throw from which you can be run out.

    Once the bowler enters his 'delivery stride' or commences his bowling action (keep in mind some bowlers may not have a delivery stride, they just stand and bowl) then a run out at the bowlers end cannot be made and the ball is deemed to be dead as it is not properly delivered.

  • Andrew on August 19, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    as far as i know the mankad rule has only been changed once - back in May 2000. that rule change meant the bowler couldn't mankad after he enters the delivery stride (i.e. when the back foot lands). before that he could do it any time before delivering. as far as the non-striker is concerned he previously had to wait till the ball left the bowler's hand, now he can go as soon as the bowler's back foot lands. in this case today it sounds like he didn't even wait for that and was run out by the bowler before the bowler even entered his delivery stride. seems a fair dismissal to me.

  • Peter on August 19, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    It is contentious, but it is in the rules. I've always warned first, but it's a personal choice. In my view, it is unsporting to back up too far & run less distance to score a run and beat a run out, so what's the difference? The Bangers fought hard, but really, were always going to struggle & Haque's foolish statement before the game did his team or himself little credit. Perhaps if he looked over to the way Bosito has conducted himself throughout the tournament, he may get a rough idea of how to act like a responsible leader. On Bosito, he looks a tremendous talent & future leader, here's hoping he kicks on in his first class career and make the next step up.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Well fought little Bengal Tigers! Except the middle order collapse in batting, Bangladesh was very much on the game till the end! It is very encouraging that the Bangladeshi youth fought hard against the reigning champion & mighty Aussies in their own bouncy soil till the end with a very small total to defend! Being the bottom ranked team, so far Bangladeshi Youth Tigers did well compare to the other mighty sub continental teams like Sri Lanka & India in the soil of Australia!

  • Rakesh on August 19, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    well very poor stuff from Bangladesh for claiming run out, probably there wee desperate to win a match. Australia was in panic and given the history of failure in Bangladesh's senior team, an opportunity to get a place in semi final of u-19 WC would be huge news for their cricketers and fans who are very enthusiastic about their cricket team.

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