On the first day of the third Test against England, here on Thursday, New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls was dismissed in an odd way when the ball was caught after deflecting off his own teammate's bat.
When Jack Leach stepped up to bowl the final over before tea on the first day, Nicholls had reached 19 from 98 deliveries. When the middle-order batter middled a drive off Leach, he would have anticipated four runs, but that wasn't the case.
Daryl Mitchell, the non-striker, didn't have quite enough time to react and move out of the way before Nicholls' thunderous drive came straight out of the sweet spot.
Mitchell's flailing bat deflected away toward mid-off as he tried to move it out of the way.
A startled Alex Lees caught the ball in the air to send Nicholls back to the pavilion for 19 and put New Zealand five down after the ricochet nearly caught the umpire, who had to dive out of the way.
“How has it got there?!” exclaimed Nasser Hussain on commentary.
“Mitchell’s at the non-striker’s end, he’s trying to get his bat out of the way, the umpire’s trying to get out of the way and Mitchell’s middled it straight to mid-off. I cannot believe that, I really can’t,” he added.