The Qalandars’ opening batsman, Tom Banton was seen confused and shocked when he faced the first delivery in the second innings against the Marathas. It wasn’t the bowling skills that caught the attention of the Englishman, but the unusual action the bowler possessed.
Kevin Koththigoda has often been compared with the former South African spinner, Paul Adams as he possesses the same “Frog in a Blender” action that stormed the International cricket two decades ago.
Tom Banton’s Reaction to Kevin’s bowling
In the second innings on Tuesday, Banton had to face the leg spinner. The Maratha’s skipper Mosaddek Hossain handled the ball pretty well in the first over. Koththigoda was next in line to bowl and he came up with an unusual running style and followed the frog in a blender action in his last delivery. Tom Banton has never ever faced this Sri Lankan bowler before was astonished and pushed the ball hastily which went towards middle and leg.
After this delivery, Banton was quite stunned and gave a shocked reaction which screamed disbelief.
The very next delivery, Tom tried a reverse-swat but unfortunately it was missed but confused the wicket keeper, Abdul Shakoor as it went out for four surprisingly. However, Banton looked confused and was trying to figure out the bowler’s action and scored a single in the next delivery.
However, the drama continued in the first over and on the fifth delivery, Sharjeel Khan was on strike. Seeing a midfielder, Banton went on for a single. Khan wasn’t willing to go for a run and sent him back. Koththigoda who was injured hopped back to get the ball and hit the stumps and sent back Tom to the pavilion after a run out. The next delivery for Sharjeel Khan went for a boundary and the bowler fell down, post which he was carried away.
Abnormal Action of Koththigoda that Stunned Tom Banton
Summary of the Match
The Qalandars won the toss and chose to field. Mohammad Hafeez scored 44 runs off 26 balls and Shoaib Malik scored 23 runs. Altogether, the Marathas managed to score a total of 101 runs. The Pakistan star Sohail Tanvir picked up three wickets and Tom Banton took two important catches for the Qalandars team. All the seven Marathas bowlers didn’t find the confidence as the game ended with 11 balls in hand.
On the batting side, Sharjeel Khan started off well but the one batsman who took the team to a winning streak was Ben Dunk who played an unbeaten 26 runs in 12 balls.
After the match in the ceremony, the Qalandars captain, Sohail Akhtar said, “I’m very happy. The management believes in me and that’s why we’re performing well. Tanvir is the most experienced bowler. He’s played all around the world. Danyal is a fantastic fast bowler who has come through the ranks of our talent program, so I’m really proud of this bunch.”