WATCH: India appeal for obstructing the field against Sam Fanning in U-19 Cricket World Cup Quarter-Final

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 28/01/2020

India appeal for obstructing the field against Sam Fanning: The Indian fielders didn’t hesitate from appealing against the Australian opener.

During the first Quarter-Final of the ongoing ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup between India and Australia in Potchefstroom, the Indian fielders didn’t hesitate from appealing for obstructing the field against Australia opening batsman Sam Fanning.

It all happened on the second delivery of the eighth over when Fanning played a Sushant Mishra delivery towards the mid-on region. Refusing to run a single, Fanning was just about returning to his crease when the mid-on fielder attempted a run-out at the striker’s end.

Having watched the ball coming at him, Fanning immediately turned around but the process saw him stopping the ball with his left hand.

It was due to the same reason that the Indian fielders appealed for obstructing the field as they were under the impression that the southpaw stopped the ball on purpose and not accidentally or to save himself from getting hit on the body.

After the on-field umpire signaled the decision to the third umpire, the latter stuck to the on-field umpire’s soft signal of not out.

With Australia four down in the third over, another wicket would have seen them losing half their side in the first powerplay. Despite Fanning playing well for his 75 (127) including seven fours and three sixes, he couldn’t seal the 234-run chase as Australia were bundled out for 159 in 43.3 overs.

Having registered bowling figures of 8-0-24-4, seamer Kartik Tyagi was the pick of the Indian bowlers and was subsequently declared the ‘Man of the Match’.

India appeal for obstructing the field against Sam Fanning

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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