Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc on Tuesday bowled one of the most bizarre wide deliveries during the third T20I of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, which left the commentators and keeper Matthew Wade in splits.
It was during the 18th over of the game. Starc looked to deliver the off-cutter to Dasun Shanaka but instead, the ball slipped out of his hands and went high and wide, even beating the diving wicketkeeper Mathew Wade. It hit the boundary ropes for a bonus four for the visitors. To run salt into wounds, the umpire signaled it a no-ball and Starc gave a free hit away.
"No ball, free hit, four. It must have slipped out of the hands, “said one of the commentators on air, while other remarked, “I don't think I've ever seen a ball go that wide! Probably was the off cutter."
A video shared by Cricket Australia later showed that it was 3 metres high.
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As for the game, after putting Sri Lanka into bat first, Australia kept the visitors to 121/6 in 20 overs with captain Dasun Shanaka making 39* and Dinesh Chandimal making 25. Kane Richardson picked 3/21, while Hazlewood, Ashton Agar and Maxwell took one wicket apiece.
In reply, thanks to 39 from Glenn Maxwell and 35 from captain Aaron Finch, Australia overhauled the target with 6 wickets in hand and in 16.5 overs. With this win, Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.