[VIDEO] How Lakshan Sandakan's brain fade moment gave Steve Smith a lifeline in 2nd T20I
Australian batsman Steve Smith continued his purple patch with the bat, that saw him emerge as the top-scoring batsman in the 2019 Ashes series, against Sri Lanka in the second T20I on Wednesday as he marked his return in the shortest format for Australia with a half-century. Smith came out to bat at the No. 3 spot after skipper Aaron Finch incurred a golden duck before taking Australia home with an unbeaten knock of 53 runs. Things, however, could've been a little different for the former Aussie skipper had Lankan speedster Lakshan Sandakan not endured a brain fade moment.
It was the 13th over of the match, with the hosts needing only 6 runs to win the match and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Warner, who was facing Sandakan, hit the ball dead straight and it went on to smash the stumps at the bowler's end, although the Lankan pacer failed to get a touch of the ball.
Seeing Smith well out of his crease, Sandakan decided to pick the ball and remove the stumps to run the non-striker out. Although the Sri Lankan managed to remove the stump from the ground, he did so in an incorrect manner.
While holding the ball in one hand, Sandakan uprooted the stump from the other, with the two hands not being in contact with each other at all. As per the rules, the ball has to be in contact with the stumps while the stumps are being uprooted. The decision hence went in the favour of the batsman.
Here's the video of the brain fade moment:
Sandakan had a golden opportunity to run out Smith! #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/E7AsOwEjSJ
Sandakan had a golden opportunity to run out Smith! #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/E7AsOwEjSJ— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 30, 2019
As for the match, Australia secured a comfortable 9-wicket win to clinch the series with one game to spare. It was another terrific all-round show by the Aussies as they restricted the visitors to a paltry total of 117 runs after Lasith Malinga had decided to bat first. With Smith and Warner at the crease, the hosts hardly faced difficulty in chasing the target, and accomplished the same in just 13 overs.