David Warner was caught at mid-on by Najmul Hossain Shanto during the 2023 World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune, scoring 53 runs off 61 balls with six boundaries. The catch, however, sparked controversy.
In the 23rd over of Australia’s innings, David Warner attempted to chip a fuller-length ball from Mustafizur Rahman over the infield but mistimed it. His shot went straight into the hands of Najmul Hossain Shanto at mid-on, leading to his dismissal.
The fielder initially had possession of the ball for a considerable time but attempted to celebrate prematurely, resulting in a loss of control over the ball.
Warner left the field, and Australia’s bench expressed dissatisfaction with the dismissal. He requested the fourth umpire to review the dismissal, and Marnus Labuschagne showed the footage on the laptop before the matter was resolved.
Additionally, Mustafizur Rahman’s wicket of Warner ended the 120-run partnership for the second wicket with Mitchell Marsh.
In a comparable incident, during the 1999 World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa, Herschelle Gibbs caught Steve Waugh at mid-wicket but lost control of the ball while celebrating quickly, resulting in the catch being considered a drop.
As per cricket’s Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) law 33.3:
“The act of making a catch shall start from the time when the ball first comes into contact with a fielder’s person and shall end when a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her own movement.”
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh established a strong position for Australia
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh have strengthened Australia’s position in the run chase against Bangladesh, despite Travis Head (10 off 11 balls) being dismissed by Taskin Ahmed.
In the first innings, Bangladesh posted a total of 306/8 in their 50 overs, with Towhid Hridoy scoring 74 off 79 and Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto adding 45 off 57. Sean Abbott and Adam Zampa secured two wickets each, and Marcus Stoinis claimed one.
Australia has secured a spot in the semifinals and is scheduled to face South Africa at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16. Meanwhile, Bangladesh needs to secure a position in the top seven to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy.