“Bhuvi got pace?” Twitterati goes wild as Bhuvneshwar Kumar breaks Jimmy Neesham’s bat into two

Jimmy Neesham got out after playing a rusty knock of just three runs in 12 deliveries against India.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham

The second Twenty20 International (T20I) match between India and New Zealand is currently underway at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Friday. The Kiwis are batting first and meanwhile, speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar has broken the bat of Jimmy Neesham into two halves.

The incident took place on the fifth ball of the 18th over when the southpaw went for a slog shot. However, the batter didn’t make great contact as the ball went straight back to the bowler while the bat broke into halves. Interestingly, the fans and commentators confused the broken part of the bat with the white ball.

Following this, Neesham asked for a change of the bat but that turned out to be unlucky for him. The 31-year-old got out on the first ball he faced with the new ball as wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant completed a regulation catch.

Here’s the full video of the bizarre incident from the IND vs NZ 2nd T20I:

This also led to a lot of memes flooding across various social media platforms on the net. Let’s look at some of the top tweets as well:

NZ post 153/6 despite brilliant powerplay overs

NZ's Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell
NZ’s Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell

India skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bowl first after winning a crucial toss on Friday. NZ openers Martin Guptill (31 off 15) and Daryl Mitchell (31 off 28) provided their side with a great start with 64 runs at the end of the powerplay. But their middle-order couldn’t capitalise from there as they ended with a below-par total of 154-6 on the board at the end of their 20 overs. 

India once again went with five bowling options and all of them were able to tick the wickets column. Debutant Harshal Patel emerged as the pick of the bowlers with his amazing spell of 4-025-2.

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