During their encounter with South Africa in the second ODI, Australia adopted an aggressive approach, mirroring the style of play often seen in the shortest format of the game, maintaining a run rate of seven runs per over even before completing 40 overs.
David Warner played a pivotal role in this strategy, delivering a remarkable performance by scoring 106 runs from just 93 balls, which included three well-timed sixes. However, it took an unusual incident on the unpredictable pitch to send Warner back to the pavilion, leaving him with a wry smile due to his stroke of misfortune.
The turning point occurred during the 33rd over, bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo, when he unleashed a short delivery to Warner. The left-handed batsman anticipated the ball’s length and set himself up for a pull shot.
Yet, to his dismay, the ball kept unusually low, skimming beneath his attempted pull shot. Worth noting is that Warner, with 46 centuries as an opener across various formats, had surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
This incident did not go unnoticed by cricket enthusiasts on Twitter, who observed the peculiar lack of bounce on the pitch and shared their thoughts following Warner’s dismissal against South Africa.