The umpiring decisions have been the talk of the town in the ongoing India vs England white-ball series. Both the heavyweight teams are currently facing each other in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series. India lead the series 1-0 with a superb 66-run victory in the first ODI against England in Pune.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, India posted a massive total of 336 for 6 as KL Rahul scored a magnificent hundred while Rishabh Pant smashed a terrific innings of 77 runs off 40 balls. Indian captain Virat Kohli also scored a fine knock of 66 runs. However, England all-rounder Ben Stokes survived a very close run-out call during the chase as the third umpire was not completely convinced.
During the 26th over of England’s chase, the on-field umpire sent a very close run-out appeal against Ben Stokes towards the third umpire. In the TV replays on the big screen, it showed that Stokes’ bat was on the line and as per the official rule, he should have been given run-out but the third umpire Anil Kumar Chaudhary couldn’t get any conclusive evidence on whether the bat was outside the crease or not. Thus, Stokes survived a very close run-out call but the Indian captain Virat Kohli was also seen pretty much disappointed with the controversial decision as he pointed out to the on-field umpire Nitin Menon that the bat was clearly on the line.
The commentators made a very valid point in asking why didn’t the third umpire asked the on-field umpire for a soft-signal in this situation. The soft-signal from the on-field umpires was also the talking point in the recently concluded India vs England T20I series.
While chasing a big total, England opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy once again continued with their explosive hitting approach in the second ODI against India. The duo smashed a total of 110 runs in just 16.3 overs as Roy played a brilliant innings of 55 runs off 52 balls while Bairstow smashed an outstanding century. However, England will be hoping not to repeat the mistake which they made in the first ODI and would want to win this game to level the ODI series.
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