May 27, 2024

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Controversy in 5th T20I as umpire’s call robs Australian players of potential boundary against India

Arshdeep Singh’s last over in India’s 5th T20I against Australia had a moment that stunned the visiting side. With nine runs needed off two deliveries, Nathan Ellis hit a delivery straight back at the nonstriker’s end. Despite being in his follow-through, Arshdeep deflected the ball with his right hand, but it hit the umpire on his right leg, allowing the batters to take just a single. Ellis believed he had enough bat behind the shot for a boundary, but the umpire’s evasive action prevented it. The moment ensured India clinched the game.

Arshdeep Singh had a tough day with the ball but showed incredible composure under pressure in the final over, conceding just three singles. India had already wrapped up the series 3-1 against Australia. The Men in Blue will now play T20Is and ODIs against South Africa, followed by a Test series with some big names returning to action.