The second ODI between India and Australia saw a dramatic finish as batter Beth Mooney and Nicola Carey scored 14 runs in the final over bowled by Jhulan Goswami to win the contest by five wickets. With this win, hosts Australia have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
What made the contest more interesting was the decision by the third-umpire in the final delivery of the 50th over as India jumped into celebration mode, believing they broke Australia's 25-match winning streak.
With three required in the final delivery, Goswami aimed for a yorker to wrap up the proceedings, but failed to perfect the execution as it ended up as a full-toss. However, Carey failed to get the desired connection as the balled popped up in the air and was collected by the fielder at mid-wicket.
Just when the Indian players burst into celebration, the on-field umpires called for a height check, following which the third-umpire ruled the delivery as no-ball. Soon after the decision many debated it was not above the waist as Carey bent forward to strike the ball, while others backed the decision. Here are a few reactions:
That is really tough for India and I feel for them. They played brilliantly and that no ball decision must hurt. #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) September 24, 2021
India's win. Much too marginal to be called no ball. The fact it wasn't called live says it all #AUSvIND
— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) September 24, 2021
WOW. Just WOW what a freaking game!!! Sheesh.
Just a quick one though - doesn’t two above the waist no balls mean you’re out of the attack!? Anyways. Wow. Proud. #AUSvIND
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) September 24, 2021
— (@MohitRohitian) September 24, 2021
— Yashveer (@71stcentury) September 24, 2021
India captain Mithali Raj also spoke about the incident during the post-match presentation ceremony and said: "For me it was quite a nervous last ball because anything could have happened, we didn't expect a no-ball but it's part of the game and we were all on the edge of our seat."