On this day four years ago, South African Temba Bavuma put in a stunning effort in the field to beat Australian opener David Warner. Cricket Australia relived Bavuma’s magical moment and posted the video of the stunning run-out that took place in November 2016. Cricket Australia captioned the video: “On this day four years ago – the biggest run-out ever?” While many agreed that Bavuma’s catch of Warner short of his fold was exceptional, they felt that Pat Cummins’ sensational run out of Cheteshwar Pujara was a better field attempt.
On this day four years ago – the biggest run out ever? pic.twitter.com/Y3Zc3cWgtB
Here’s the video of Cummin’s spectacular attempt. Which of the two runouts do you think is better? Let us know in the comments.
Lots of people say this bit of Pat Cummins’ genius was better! pic.twitter.com/APvK1GYBRd
Bavuma’s genius had a huge impact on the game too. It was the first test between Australia and South Africa in Perth in November 2016.
South Africa had won the pitch and chose to hit, but it failed almost immediately when opener Stephen Cook was removed on the fourth ball of the opening test. South Africa slumped further as Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc weaved their magic with the new ball.
The visitors were soon 32 for four, then 81 for five, with people like Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis back in the hut. However, Bavuma and Quinton de Kock struck fine half centuries to bring respect to South Africa’s total – 242 all.
Australia started with a bang. David Warner scored 97 and Shaun Marsh hit 63, as the duo scored 158 points for the opening wicket. However, the collapse that followed was every bit as dramatic as Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj cut the Australian batting order. The hosts were eliminated for 244 and took a two-run lead.
Dean Elgar and JP Duminy hit centuries in the second innings while De Kock and Philander scored in half centuries when the visitors declared a massive 540/8.
Bavuma’s brilliant run-out came in Australia’s second innings when Warner’s 33-ball 35-run blitz was stopped.
Usman Khawaja was fined 97 while Peter Nevill scored a gritty 63, but Rabada couldn’t be stopped when the pacer took a five-wicket swipe to help Australia for 361. South Africa won the match by 177 runs.
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