Indian Women has started the ICC Women T20 World Cup with a bang as they defeated the Aussies in the inaugural match of the tournament. Poonam Yadav, in a brilliant spell of spin bowling, single handily brought the Aussies on the floor as she finished with 4 wickets in his tally to stifle the Aussies in a modest 133 run chase. The Indian spinner though could have easily had one more wicket in his kitty if the umpire had not deemed a wicket hitting half tracker as no-ball.
In a bizarre sequence of events, Poonam Yadav, in the final over of her spell, clean bowled Ashleigh Gardner with a half tracker. With Australia requiring 29 of last 16 balls, Gardner attempted a sweep off a seemingly very slow ball only to miss the line and length completely and got bowled through the legs. At first, it looked like Gardner had dragged on the ball to the stumps but the replays revealed that the ball bounced twice before reaching the stumps.
After having a look at the replays, Umpires deemed the ball as no-ball according to the ICC’s rules denying Poonam a well-deserved five-for. ICC’srules states, “A ball may be called a no-ball if it bounces more than twice before reaching the batsman’s popping crease,” as happened in this case. However, allthis drama caused a lot of stir on the social media as the twitter soon witnessed it trending like anything.
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However, in the end this reprieve could not help Australia much as they folded out for a mere 115 runs on the penultimate ball of the innings. Poonam Yadav’s left everyone spellbound with her extremely slow, flighted deliveries or the googlies that puzzled the batsmen to enter herself into the history books. She could also well have had a hat-trick in her second over, had the keeper not dropped a catch on hat-trick ball. With this win India also caused a historic upset beating the mighty Australian team.
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Gardner (29 off 30) gets a reprieve after Poonam Yadav's ball bounces twice, and Australia badly needs it.
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