WATCH: Smriti Mandhana receives massive reprieve as third umpire declares Amy Jones’ catch as a drop

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 31/01/2020

Smriti Mandhana receives massive reprieve: The Indian opening batswoman was given not out by the third umpire.

During the first match of the ongoing Australia Tri-Nation Women’s T20 Series between India and England in Canberra, India opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana received a massive reprieve after she was involved in a controversial decision (of sorts).

It all happened on the first delivery of the second over when Mandhawa edged a delivery from England seamer Katherine Brunt to their wicket-keeper Amy Jones.

Having grabbed a praiseworthy diving catch to her left, Jones seemed to have sent back the star Indian batter. Having said that, it wasn’t the case as the umpire’s decision to check for the catch once put forward a whole different verdict.

It is worth mentioning that just as Jones was in the process of catching the ball, she ended up dropping the ball as she fell down. The 26-year old English player dropping the ball without getting absolute control on it forced the third umpire to change his decision.

Chasing a 148-run target, Mandhana couldn’t make the best of her reprieve as she was dismissed for 15 (10) by Natalie Sciver in the fourth over.

After India captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and invited the opposition in to bat, England scored 147/7 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the third over, England captain Heather Knight top-scored for her team with 67 (44) with the help of eight fours and two sixes.

With bowling figures of 4-0-19-2, India spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

Smriti Mandhana receives massive reprieve

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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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