Controversy arose in the 2nd T20I between Australia and West Indies when Alzarri Joseph was run out by Spencer Johnson, yet the umpire, Gerard Abood, ruled him not out.

The 2nd T20I encounter between Australia and the West Indies witnessed a controversial moment as umpire Gerard Abood refrained from adjudging Alzarri Joseph out despite him being run out. In the 19th over, Joseph dashed towards the non-striker’s end but was run out by Spencer Johnson.

Surprisingly, none of the Australian players appealed for the dismissal. After seeing the replay on the big screen, the team started celebrating, but the umpire intervened, indicating that no appeal had been made. Although replays confirmed Joseph was short of the crease, the umpire upheld the not-out decision due to the absence of an appeal.

This decision puzzled the players, with many expressing frustration at the situation. Rules state that a batter cannot be given out unless an appeal is made by a fielder.

“Neither umpire shall give a batter out, even though he/she may be out under the Laws unless appealed to by a fielder. This shall not debar a batter who is out under any of the Laws from leaving the wicket without an appeal having been made,” the official rule read.

In the match, Australia set a strong target of 242 runs, with Glenn Maxwell starring with a remarkable 120 off just 55 balls, hitting 8 sixes and 12 boundaries. Chasing such a high total, the Windies faced early setbacks, losing wickets in the Powerplay.

Despite efforts from players like Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran, and Dre Russ, they struggled to maintain momentum. Skipper Roman Powell’s valiant 63 off 36 balls wasn’t enough as wickets fell consistently.

Australia’s bowlers, led by Marcus Stoinis and supported by Josh Hazlewood and Spencer Johnson, ensured the Windies’ defeat. Apart from Maxwell, Tim David’s unbeaten 31 off 14 balls boosted Australia’s total. With this win, Australia leads the series 2-0, with the third T20I scheduled for Tuesday.

Last Updated on February 11, 2024

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