The game of cricket has quite a number of dismissals and it is safe to say that not a single player likes to fell prey to them. But among all those dismissals, one dismissal that really no one likes is the hit wicket. More often than not the players fall to this mode of dismissal due to bad luck and the latest player to be dismissed in this fashion is none other than New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.
Martin Guptill was out hit wicket in the ongoing World Cup clash against South Africa in Birmingham. The dismissal took place on the final ball of the 15th over bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo. The Proteas allrounder bowled a short delivery to Martin Guptill who was a bit late on his pull shot.
The right-handed, nonetheless, still managed to hit the ball which went in the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket. However, before he could get back to his normal position, he lost his footing and ended up hitting the stumps with his back leg. Martin Guptill could not believe what just happened as he gave a smile before walking off the field after scoring a patient 35.
Martin Guptill, meanwhile, became the first batsman to be out hit wicket in the ongoing World Cup. Overall, he became the ninth player to be out hit wicket in a World Cup match. New Zealand, meanwhile, are chasing 242 to register their fourth win of the World Cup. The Black Caps have won three of their opening four games while one was washed out.
Earlier in the game, their bowlers did a fine job to restrict South Africa to a modest 241 for 6 in the innings which was reduced to 49 overs due to rain.