England made a superb start to their chase with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow setting the perfect platform against Australia in the second semifinal at the Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Chasing 224 runs set by the defending champions, the host cruised 124 runs in 17.2 overs before Bairstow got out after giving another good start to the top-ranked ODI side. But Jason Roy continued with his good form to bring up another fifty to lead their campaign. But his stay in the middle was short-lived courtesy a dubious decision from umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

Another poor umpiring cost Roy’s wicket

Pat Cummins pitched it short and aimed at the batsman as Jason Roy was on one-leg to play the pull shot but mistimes it and the ball lobs to Alex Carey. The Australians go up in unison and umpire Kumar Dharmasena had a bit of hesitation in raising his finger but the England opener does not want to go. The umpires had a word with him and asked him to leave the field. Roy looked livid with the decision as he walks back in anger.  Meanwhile, the ultra edge showed a flatline as the ball passes Roy. So he has every right to be mad with the decision.

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However, Kumar Dharmasena gave it out and then showed the TV symbol as though gesturing Jason Roy had reviewed it. But there was no review left and that started the confusion. Roy stood his ground thinking it was referred upstairs but in the end umpire Marius Erasmus told him he has to go as England had used their review during Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal. While it may seem like that the batsman was at fault here but both umpire and Roy were at fault there.

The match referee will have a look into this. Hope he doesn’t get suspended for the final.

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