Australia made light work of India’s lower-order to claw their way back into the ongoing first Test. At 248 for 4 with a well-set Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle, India looked well on top. However, the game turned on its head when Nathan Lyon.
Rishabh Pant tried to fight fire with fire but fell soon. The youngster smashed Nathan Lyon for 18 runs in an over but the spinner had the last laugh. And the hosts did not take long to wipe out India’s tail. Consequently, India lost their last 6 wickets for just 59 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara once again top-scored for the visitors, scoring 71 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 70. India were all out for 307, thus setting Australia a target of 322.
The momentum was well in Australia’s favour when they came out to chase down the total. However, it could have swung in India’s favour had Ishant Sharma not bowled a no-ball. Just like the first innings of the game, Ishant could have sent back Aaron Finch for a duck in the very first over but no-ball ruined it all.
Ishant trapped Finch with a beautiful inswinger. Umpire Kumara Dharmasena had no hesitation in raising his finger as he thought it was out. However, Finch was not convinced as he went upstairs. But even before the third-umpire could check ball-tracking, replays showed Ishant had marginally overstepped, thus giving Finch a major reprieve. Replays later showed that the ball would have clipped the leg-bail so umpire’s call would have stood.
Here is a clip of the delivery from Ishant Sharma:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 9, 2018