Matthew Hayden
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Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden expressed dissatisfaction with the square-leg umpire’s decision in the final over of the fifth T20I between India and Australia. Matthew Hayden highlighted that umpires helped the home team twice in the final over of the game.

On the first ball of the final over, the square-leg umpire missed a clear wide above head height, which led to frustration from Matthew Wade. Later in the over, bowler Arshdeep Singh deflected a shot from Nathan Ellis off his hands, causing the ball to hit the umpire’s right thigh.

Ellis connected with the ball well, but the deflection prevented a boundary, which affected the outcome. He expressed disbelief, as he had enough bat behind the shot to score a boundary. However, it wasn’t the umpire’s fault, as he tried to prevent himself from getting hit.

That’s Definitely A Wide – Matthew Hayden

While doing commentary in the India-Australia match, Matthew Hayden expressed dissatisfaction with the umpire’s decision in the final over. Hayden pointed out that the umpire made two questionable calls in the same over.

“You can see why he is upset, that’s definitely a wide. Way over his head. It has to be about his position as well. He was standing up on that ball and it was still over his head,” Hayden said.

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“The umpire has done his job for the second time this over. Have a look at this. This time, it’s the one in front, not on square. They are tag-teaming here,” he added.

Arshdeep Singh conceded 37 runs in the first three overs but displayed remarkable composure in the final over of the match. The left-arm pacer gave away only three runs and took the crucial wicket of Matthew Wade when the opposition needed 10 runs for victory.

The Men in Blue registered a six-run victory in the fifth T20I against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday, December 3. The hosts put up a total of 160 in the final game of the series. The visitors managed to score 154 runs in 20 overs and ended the series with just one victory.

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Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.