Ben Stokes run-out appeal: The English all-rounder was fortunate enough to continue batting after a close run-out appeal.
During the second ODI of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Pune, England all-rounder Ben Stokes was fortunate enough to survive a close run-out appeal. Had it been any other umpire on any other day, Stokes would’ve been given the red signal without an iota of doubt.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 26th over when Stokes hit a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery on the leg-side to run a couple of runs. For starters, Stokes was out and out lazy to not complete the second run with ease.
What further found him wanting was a direct-hit from India spinner Kuldeep Yadav from deep mid-wicket. In what was unequivocally a close shave, Stokes’ bat seemed to be on the line and not beyond it when the bail was deflected at the striker’s end.
With the zing bail lightening a frame later after being dislodged, it gave Stokes a split second to make his case stronger. Having said that, conundrum around Stokes’ bat being on the line didn’t speak highly about third umpire Anil Chaudhary’s decision.
Given how Stokes is batting at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium tonight, Chaudhary’s decision has it in it to go against the hosts. Chasing a 337-run target, England opening batsman Jonny Bairstow and Stokes have gone past a 100-run partnership for the second wicket.
After England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and invited the hosts in to bat, India scored 336/6 in 50 overs on the back of batsman Lokesh Rahul’s fifth ODI century. While Rahul scored 108 (114) with the help of seven fours and two sixes, Pant (77) and captain Virat Kohli (66) had alsco scored individual half-centuries.
Yuvraj Singh tweets on Ben Stokes run-out appeal
That was out !!! No part of bat was touching over the line . It was just showing that it was over ! Just my opinion !! #IndiavsEngland
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 26, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 26, 2021
Wow … I would have given that Out … #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 26, 2021
There are bees’ appendages… and then there’s whatever bit of Stokes’ bat that was over the line. #INDvENG
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 26, 2021
It looked like Ben Stokes was in trouble there, but the third umpire has given it not out.
A bit lucky?
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) March 26, 2021
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