What happened in international cricket’s 1st closed door match due to COVID-19

A time when the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has declared coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, sporting events throughout the world have suffered massively.

While, football fixtures including La Liga and Champions League have been cancelled, some sports events are giving their TV audiences a reprieve by holding closed door matches or matches without spectators in the stands.

Australia met New Zealand at the beautiful Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday and as the two captains went for the toss there was no roar or applause from the crowd as there was no crowd!

Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson shook hands out of habit during the toss and later when they realised the magnitude of risk they had taken amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they got startled first and then laughed it off with a quick joke.

New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult started with the first over but in the rare of the rarest sight, the mighty quick had no one to give applause when he ran into bowl to David Warner, one of the most swashbuckling cricketer ever.

But hey, wait!! If we keep on calling ‘SCG without a single spectator,’ a person trying to enjoy the game might get offended.

A dummy was placed just perfectly to not completely leave the stands deserted. The dummy was caught by camera giving ‘a loud cheer’ to openers David Warner and Aaron Finch.

Spinner Ish Sodhi came in to bowl the 19th over of Australia’s innings and he was greeted by skipper Finch by a six over the midwicket boundary. The gigantic six went into the stands and the fans were missed again. There was no one with a beer in his hand trying to jump and take the catch to feature on the big screen.

Strongman Lockie Ferguson had to do all the hardwork as he went into the stand to bring back the ball into play. Just imagine, being world’s 9th ranked ODI bowler and bringing the ball from the stands because of a lose delivery by some other bowler.


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