The second T20I between Australia and West Indies witnessed a cracker of a contest as 400-plus runs were scored on the match day, which was nothing short of a run-fest. The batters showed no mercy to the bowlers as they kept bashing them at will, giving them a truckload of confidence in ticking the flow of runs. In the process, the game saw several maximums and fours, which entertained the fans in the best scene.
During the game, there was an unusual incident that took everyone by surprise. Australian players were denied run out after they did not appeal to the on-field umpire. The drama unfolded during the third ball of the 19th over when Spencer Johnson bowled a delivery a tad outside the off-stump to Alzarri Joseph. The right-handed batter hit the ball straight to the fielder at extra cover and sprinted towards the non-striker’s end.
Australia denied run-out after no appeal
Meanwhile, the Australian fielder collected the ball and threw it towards Spencer Johnson who grabbed the ball and whipped the bails off even before Alzarri Joseph made it to the non-striker’s end. Technically, it was out in the first place but Spencer Johnson and other Australians did not even appeal to the on-field umpire. Since there was no appeal, then the umpire have every right not to make any decision.
No appeal = no run out?
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 11, 2024
As per Law 31.1: “Neither umpire shall give a batter out, even though they may be out under the Laws unless appealed to by a fielder.” Usually, in the game of cricket, fielders typically shout “How’s that?” or simply “Howzat?” to attract the umpire’s attention and it is up to the umpire whether or not to consider the appeal. If no appeal is made by the players, even if the batter appears to be clearly out under the rules of cricket, the umpire shall not give the batsman out.
However, Australia had the last laugh in the battle as they won the game by 34 runs at Adelaide Oval. Batting first, they posted 241/4 in their designated quota of 20 overs, courtesy of Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 120 off 55 balls (12 fours and 8 sixes) at a strike rate of 218.18. On the contrary, West Indies ended up at 207/9 in 20 overs and fell short of the run-chase. Skipper Rovman Powell top-scored with 63 off 36 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes).