Rishabh Pant scored a quickfire 77 off 40 balls and played his part on taking India to 336/6 after the end of their 50 overs. India was out into bat after losing the toss and this time the Indian top-order failed. Virat Kohli scored yet another fifty, his fifth in the last six innings as he formed a crucial partnership. However, it was Pant who provided the impetus to the Indian innings.
He added 113 runs with KL Rahul who earlier added a 116-run stand with his skipper Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, Pant was denied a boundary to a score for a bizarre reason. The rules of the game are constantly changing and it is like a double-edged sword for both the batters and the bowlers.
Bizzare Rule Denies Rishabh Pant a Boundary
Pant’s example was a case where the batters were found wanting due to the rules of the game. The incident happened on the last ball of the 40th over when Tom Curran was bowling. However, the length of the ball delivered was too full and the southpaw missed the ball.
In real-time, it seemed as if the ball hit the pad and sneaked past the leg-stump for a four. However, replays confirmed that the ball never hit Rishabh Pant‘s pad and it had actually hit the bat. As the batsman had opted for DRS, the on-field decision was overturned.
Meanwhile, Pant was given not out and the on-field umpire’s denied the boundary to the Indian team as well. As per the rules, if a batsman is given out leg before, the ball at that moment becomes dead even if the decision is overturned later. Once the batsman is given out, what happens later doesn’t matter at all.
In this case, the umpire had adjudged Rishabh Pant out after which the ball reached the boundary. Hence, the moment he was given out, it didn’t matter where did the ball go or if the batsman ran a single or a couple.
Meanwhile, England pulled off a brilliant win in the second game closing the game with 39 balls to spare after a match-winning 175-run partnership between Ben Stokes (99) and Jonny Bairstow (124). This win by England sets up the decider perfectly on Sunday.