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The seven-run escape

Kane Williamson skips down the track AFP

The start
Prosper Utseya can be a difficult bowler to get away with his discipline but Kane Williamson took him apart in the opening over of the game with minimum violence. With no one in the deep on the off side, Williamson lifted three successive deliveries over extra cover to collect three pleasing fours.

The escape-I
Williamson should have been gone seven deliveries before he eventually did. He pushed the last ball of the second over towards mid-on and rushed for the single. There was a direct hit even as Williamson stretched to try and make it in time. Umpire Langton Rusere did not see the need to go to the third umpire, even as replays suggested Williamson was just short of his ground.

The escape-II
Luke Ronchi survived a run-out chance as well, this time with help from the wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva. George Worker had hit Sikandar Raza wide of sweeper cover and the batsmen decided to push for a third run. The throw from the deep lacked power and Chakabva came a few steps down the pitch to collect it. He had the stumps in sight from close range with Ronchi laboring across, but missed and ended up conceding four overthrows.

The brave catch
Ish Sodhi hurt his spinning finger while attempting to catch Sean Williams off his own bowling. The blow was bad enough for Sodhi to bleed and require on-field treatment. Taped up, he continued bowling. In his next over, Williams charged out and hit another one back at Sodhi. This time, the legspinner stuck out his right hand and held on quite safely.