In a recent International League T20 (ILT20) match, Desert Vipers captain Colin Munro showcased remarkable sportsmanship by choosing to withdraw a run-out appeal against his New Zealand teammate Martin Guptill. The match took place on Sunday, January 28, between Desert Vipers and Sharjah Warriors at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Colin Munro Withdraws Run-Out Appeal in ILT20 Clash
During the 12th over of Sharjah Warriors’ innings, a powerful shot from Joe Denly struck Guptill’s glove, deflecting the ball towards the bowler. The non-striker found himself out of his crease when the bails were dislodged. Despite the opportunity to claim the run-out, Munro decided to withdraw the appeal, allowing Guptill to continue his innings.
Sharjah Warriors posted a total of 174/7 after being sent in to bat. In response, Desert Vipers managed 167/7, falling short of the target by seven runs. Guptill, contributing 39 off 32 balls, played a significant role in Sharjah Warriors’ victory.
Sharjah Warriors’ skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore led from the front with a stunning knock of 68 off 34 balls, featuring two fours and eight sixes. Joe Denly remained unbeaten with 22 off 24 balls. For Desert Vipers, Alex Hales top-scored with 61 off 40 balls, supported by Azam Khan’s 35 off 22 balls.
Wicket-takers and Dismissals
Luke Wood and Wanindu Hasaranga claimed three wickets each for Desert Vipers, while Daniel Sams and Chris Woakes took two wickets each for Sharjah Warriors. Guptill was eventually dismissed by Shaheen Afridi.
Desert Vipers’ Struggle in ILT20
The Desert Vipers find themselves at the bottom of the ILT20 points table, having lost three out of the four matches played. Despite a challenging campaign, they displayed resilience in their previous encounter against Sharjah Warriors. Their next match is scheduled against MI Emirates on January 30.
Colin Munro’s act of withdrawing the run-out appeal added a touch of sportsmanship to the ILT20 match between Desert Vipers and Sharjah Warriors. Despite the Desert Vipers’ challenging position in the points table, the team continues to compete with determination in the ongoing tournament.