Latest Cricket News: India Women lose the 2nd ODI to Australia due to a controversial no-ball decision on the final delivery

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Latest Cricket News: They claim cricket is a funny game. They say it’s not over until it’s over. Even yet, it’s tough to keep one’s emotions in check when matches come down to the wire. Even the players, forget the fans, are human and have a tendency to react on the field, especially when a record win is on the horizon. It was terrible anguish for the Indian squad as well as the Indian fans in a dramatic finish to what had been a fantastic game of cricket at Mackay.

The umpires opted to check the height of the full toss after Jhulan Goswami, the veteran pacer, appeared to have picked up the wicket of Nicola Carey when she was caught at deep midwicket. The Australians, in particular, required three runs from the penultimate ball of the contest. Despite the fact that Carey’s full-toss hit was caught by the fielder, TV umpire Phillip Gillespie ruled it a no-ball. Replays revealed that it was a close call that could have gone anyway.

With two runs needed to win after a no-ball, the Aussies were given an extra ‘free-hit ball, and this time they did not muck it up, completing the two runs to win and maintain their extraordinary winning streak. India will be disappointed by the loss because they were in a position to stop Australia’s record winning streak of 25 One-Day Internationals in a row, and several of their players had even begun celebrating once the final ball was caught at midwicket.

On Friday, however, it wasn’t meant to be for Mithali Raj’s team.

Here’s a video of the incident:

In terms of the match, India Women posted a powerful 274/7 after being invited to bat first, courtesy to contributions from Smriti Mandhana (86), Richa Ghosh (44) and lower down the order from Pooja Vastrakar (29) and Jhulan Goswami (28*), who scored at the highest strike rate.

Tahlia McGrath was Australia’s first-choice bowler. In response, India reduced Australia to 52/4 in 16 overs, and it appeared that they were on their way to a record victory. However, Australia snatched a win from the jaws of defeat because of brilliant performances from Beth Mooney (125*) and McGrath (74) and a fantastic finish from Carey. By winning the first two matches of the three-match series, the hosts have built an unassailable lead in the series.

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