It is considered very unfortunate to have a runout in the game of cricket, that too when a player is run out on the very first ball, it is more painful. But if a player opens an account without a free hit ball, run out on the very first ball, then there is hardly any other misfortune.
For the first time in the history of IPL, one such incident was witnessed in the Eliminator Round on Friday in the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. This misfortune happened here with RCB all-rounder Moin Ali. The England all-rounder got his third match this season. But he returned to the pavilion after a runout on a free hit without opening an account on the first ball.
Actually, in the match, Royal Challengers Bangalore was batting first after losing the toss. Three wickets fell on the second ball of his 11th over. Shahbaz Nadeem had Aaron Finch caught out by Abdul Samad. Moin Ali was sent to bat in his place. However, due to changing the batting end, he landed at the non-striker end. After this, Nadeem bowled the third ball to de Villiers, on which he hit a four, then on the next ball, he changed the batting end with one run. However, the third umpire called the ball a no-ball.
Now Moin Ali was on strike at the moment and he had to face the free hit ball. Nadeem bowled him and he ran for one run, playing towards extra cover, but then Rashid Khan, who was there, picked up the ball fast and threw it straight at the stumps towards Moeen Ali. Moeen had no answer to Rashid's fast and accurate throw and returned to the pavilion after a runout. In this way, he became the first player in IPL history to be run out on a free hit off the very first ball.
Explain that according to the ICC rules, a batsman gets a free hit when the bowler throws a no-ball, on which he can only run out, besides he cannot be bowled or caught out. Speaking of IPL, Kedar Jadhav has runout once on a free hit ball, but it was not his first ball then.