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BPL 2022: Andre Russell run out as direct hit incredibly ricochets from one set of stumps to the other

Russell was ambling to his crease at the non-striker's end at that point, expecting the throw to arrive (only) at the striker's end

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
21-Jan-2022
File photo: Andre Russell could hardly believe his eyes as he was run out on BPL 2022's opening day  •  BCCI/IPL

File photo: Andre Russell could hardly believe his eyes as he was run out on BPL 2022's opening day  •  BCCI/IPL

A bemused Andre Russell was run out in freak fashion in Minister Group Dhaka's game against Khulna Tigers, when the fielder's throw from short-third man incredibly deflected from one set of stumps to the other.
On BPL 2022's opening day, Russell, having just deposited a six over midwicket, tried to work the ball into the third-man region and take a single off Thisara Perera. Mahedi Hasan, positioned at short-third, fielded and fired a throw in towards the striker's end, where Mahmudullah was headed. The throw was on target, breaking the stumps, before things took a turn for the more bizarre: the ball then ricocheted down the pitch and straight on to the stumps at the non-striker's end in a bit of perfect but mind-bending geometry. Russell was ambling to his crease at this point, expecting the throw to arrive (only) at the striker's end.
Dhaka appealed for both run-outs, and while Mahmudullah was safe, Russell wasn't.
According to the Laws of Cricket, the ball was not dead after hitting the first set of stumps, as, in this instance, it would only be dead when the batter was dismissed. The first part of Law 20 states:
The ball becomes dead when
(20.1.1.1) it is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler
(20.1.1.2) a boundary is scored
(20.1.1.3) a batter is dismissed. The ball will be deemed to be dead from the instant of the incident causing the dismissal...
An international umpire who did not want to be named told ESPNcricinfo of the dismissal: "It was a clean dismissal. The fielding side appealed for the first direct-hit. Since it was not out, the decision was transferred to the next chance of dismissal. In this case it was a run-out at the non-striker's end."
Russell had his hands on his hips, wondering at his luck.
Dhaka went on to finish on 183 for 6, with Tamim Iqbal top scoring in the innings with 50 off 42. It would not be enough, with Khulna chasing down their target with five wickets and six balls to spare.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84