During the series decider between Australia and South Africa women early in the day, leg-spinner Alana King faced a difficult situation. In the 48th over of the Aussie, she faced a beamer from Masabata Klass. The two-time World Cup winner managed to hit the ball for a six despite being imbalanced. However, as the Commonwealth Games 2022 Gold Medalist fell, she hit the stumps.
As per the old rules, citing Kumar Sangakkara’s example in 2009 against India, she would have been given out. However, as seen during the game, King was deemed not out and she faced a free hit the next ball. Once again, the right-hander hit a six to make the bowler pay. The Indian-origin player ended up scoring 17 before getting out on the last ball of the innings
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Alana King hits a six and hit-wicket at same time.
But not out.
Also gets 6 runs.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) February 10, 2024
Talking about the game, the Kangaroos won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing the first wicket for 17 runs, skipper Alyssa Healy and Elysse Perry added 82 runs for the second wicket. The former scored a fifty while Tahlia McGrath scored a quick 44. With Beth Mooney (82*) staying till the end, the team finished 277/9.
Alana King’s best figures ensure Australia win the series
In reply, the visitors had a poor start as they lost four wickets for 52 runs. At 67/4 in 14 overs, a forced rain break ensured that the game was reduced to 31 overs. The revised target was 238 runs. With the scoreboard, they failed to even come close and were bowled out for 127, losing the game by 110 runs. Alana King took a four-wicket haul for 26 runs, her best figures in ODI cricket.