WATCH: Joe Root’s unbelievable six against Hasan Ali

WATCH: Joe Root’s unbelievable six against Hasan Ali

In a thrilling encounter at Edgbaston, the Birmingham Bears regained their winning momentum with a resounding four-wicket triumph over the Yorkshire Vikings in the Vitality T20 Blast 2024 on Friday (June 14).

Yorkshire Vikings’ struggles

The match started with Yorkshire showing promise, bolstered by an opening stand featuring Joe Root and Dawid Malan. Root’s audacious strokeplay as they added 62 for the second wicket. However, their innings derailed swiftly as Birmingham’s spin duo of Jake Lintott and Danny Briggs combined brilliantly to dismantle Yorkshire’s batting order as they picked three wickets each. Root’s dismissal, caught at short third man off Briggs, triggered a collapse that saw Yorkshire slump from a promising position to a modest total of 145 all out in 19.5 overs. Nevertheless, a shot played by Root against the express pace of Hasan Ali stole the limelight.

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Joe Root’s audacious six: A moment of brilliance

In a pivotal moment during the match, Root showcased his exceptional batting prowess with an extraordinary reverse-scoop six off Ali. It unfolded during the fourth over of Yorkshire’s innings. Ali delivered the ball wide outside the off stump, prompting Root to initially line up for a conventional shot towards the fine leg region. Nevertheless, displaying quick thinking and remarkable skill, Root adjusted his stroke at the last moment. Instead of going through with the original plan, he ingeniously redirected the ball over third man for a sensational six. This audacious display of innovation and execution highlighted Root’s ability to adapt swiftly and capitalize on scoring opportunities, momentarily shifting momentum in Yorkshire’s favor.

Here’s the video:

Birmingham Bears’ response and match-winning performances

Chasing 146 for victory, Birmingham  approached the chase with a blend of caution and aggression. Sam Hain anchored the innings with a composed unbeaten 53, guiding his team towards the target alongside aggressive cameos from Dan Mousley and Jake Bethell. Mousley’s belligerent knock from the outset kept the scoreboard ticking, while Bethell’s blistering cameo, highlighted by a massive six off Root, provided the final push. Despite losing quick wickets towards the end, Birmingham crossed the finish line comfortably with 11 balls to spare, showcasing their depth in batting and resilience under pressure.

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