Australia Women’s Under-19 defeated Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 108 runs in the previous encounter of the ongoing U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Asked to bat first, Australia posted a total of 159/5 with Ella Hayward top scoring with 36 runs. Later, Sri Lanka couldn’t even come close to the target as Lucy Hamilton and Maggie Clark took two wickets to bowl the Lankans out for 51 runs. However, the match also had a controversial moment that sparked debate over the rules of the game.
In the 19th over of Australia’s innings, Amy Smith took a shot towards long-off off a Rashmi Netranjli delivery and went for a single. The ball goes straight to Dulanga Dissanayake, who throws towards the non-striker’s edge. Standing at the non-striker’s end, Hamilton attempted a double but aborted his plan and returned to the crease. However, Netranjali inadvertently blocked his way as he waited for Dissanayake’s throw and the ball went straight to the stumps and Hamilton was declared run out.
The video soon went viral on social media and many fans expressed their dismay at Hamilton’s bizarre dismissal calling it “unfair” while some of them supported the Sri Lankan players.
“It’s clearly not out. Clearly cheated,” one fan commented.
“Against the spirit of the game,” another fan commented.
“It’s totally against the spirit of sportsmanship.. why don’t people play fair,” commented another fan.
“But wasn’t it wrong that the bowler was trying to hold the batter up to the crease?” A fan commented.
“It’s out… the Aussies can push them a little bit to get to the crease,” wrote one fan.
“Bowler blocks the non-striker. But he didn’t try to reach the crease,” wrote another fan.
Australia Women registered two wins from their three outings and claimed second place in the Group A points table. Sri Lanka Women, on the other hand, have won just one out of three matches and are third in the points table.
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