Ishant Sharma's apparent no-ball to dismiss Matthew Wade, with social media users confusing Glenn Maxwell's (right) bat for the crease. Photo Courtesy: cricket.com.au via Twitter.
Ishant Sharma’s apparent no-ball to dismiss Matthew Wade, with social media users confusing Glenn Maxwell’s (right) bat for the crease. Photo Courtesy: cricket.com.au via Twitter.

Ishant Sharma was at the centre of a social media uproar during the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Ishant, who had the best figures among the Indian pacers with two for 53 from 10 overs, appeared to have overstepped the bowling crease in the delivery in which he got Matthew Wade caught for six by Shikhar Dhawan wide of mid-on. The confusion was the result of an optical illusion that was created by ‘Man of the Match’ Glenn Maxwell’s bat at the non-striker’s end, that many users on microblogging websites such as Twitter mistook to be the crease. SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd ODI at MCG

Most of the users believed that Ishant had dismissed Wade off a no-ball, which would have turned into a massive storm had cricket.com.au not clarified the situation with an explanatory tweet, which defused the situation thereafter. The dismissal was a crucial one for the Indians, as Australia lost their sixth wicket with 215 runs on board while chasing the 296-run target set by India in the first innings. UPDATES: India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd ODI at MCG

Glenn Maxwell however, played a fabulous innings under pressure as he hammered eight fours and three sixes to score 96 off 83 deliveries. The knock was central to Australia’s successful chase of the competitive target with three wickets and seven balls to spare. It also sealed the series in Australia’s favour, as they gained an unassailable 3-0 series lead in the five-match series. India have a plenty of questions to answer following their third consecutive defeat in the series, with India having last defeated Australia in the latter’s backyard in any format in 2011.

 

 

 

The barbs aimed at limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni will grow stronger following the latest defeat, with India having lost both the Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and ODI tournaments against South Africa during the ‘Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela’ series at home.