A no ball triggered confusion in the second India-Australia ODI here when the visiting side claimed Hardik Pandya’s wicket in a dead ball situation, turned down by the on-field umpires.
Pandya was on 19 when his mis-hit off a waist high full-toss went straight into Steve Smith’s hands at cover. It was raining by then and Pandya, without realising that it was a no ball, started walking back to the dressing room.
Seeing a run-out opportunity, Smith threw the ball to bowler Kane Richardson, who dislodged the bails with Pandya nowhere in sight.
The Australian players, including Smith, appealed for a run-out but the umpires, after some deliberation, decided the ball was dead by the time the visiting team claimed a run out.
The rain added more drama to the entire incident.
Eventually, Pandya came back to the middle, alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after the rain break with India at 237 for six in 46.4 overs.
The umpires went by the book on this occasion and awarded a free hit to the batting side.
According to MCC Laws (clause 27.7) governing the game, “Batsman leaving his wicket under a misapprehension, an umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman, not having been given out, has left his wicket under a misapprehension that he is out.
“The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batsman.”