In the third over of Thailand’s match against South Africa, something truly magical happened. Ratanaporn Padunglerd bowled a really, really shit delivery and got a wicket with it.
We love wickets off abject filth and this particular abject filth was pure.
In theory, Padunglerd bowls medium-pace, but the speed gun had this down at a Chris Harris-esque 90km/h (56mph).
In terms of length, it would have landed on the wicketkeeper’s toes. In terms of line, the wicketkeeper would have had to shuffle leg-side for her toes to be in any danger.
Brain short-circuited by the sheer, cubic filthiness of what had been sent vaguely in her direction, Dane van Niekerk high-left-elbowed the ball in a gentle parabola straight to midwicket.
As the ball slowly looped through the air, she had plenty of time to do some excellent body language.
With just a single flap of the arm, van Niekerk said: “Oh come off it. You can’t be given out to a delivery that shit. Can you? You can? Really? In that case how and why did I hit it there?”
It was really very expressive.
She should probably take up mime. Mime is money.
That was about as good as it got for Thailand: South Africa made 195-3 and then they lost three wickets in the fourth over of their reply en route to 82 all out.