Australia v India, CB Series, Sydney February 26, 2012

Tendulkar finds Lee in his way

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day for the match between Australia and India in Sydney

The break
Before the start of the 10th over of the Australia innings, the game stopped for about five minutes. Upon closer observation, the wicketkeeper was missing. Music played, drinks arrived, players joked around until Dhoni came back. By all evidence, he went to answer nature's call. When a man's got to go, a man's got to go.

The misfield
Had Suresh Raina not let one through at cover, who knows how much India would have had to work to get Michael Hussey out? There shouldn't have been a run, but Hussey saw it go past Raina and charged off. David Warner called him for a second, saw Irfan Pathan was a little too quick in the outfield, and sent Hussey back. India had a run-out.

The collision
This was nasty. These often put players out for weeks. In the 21st over, Warner swept Ravindra Jadeja, got a top edge, and Raina and Irfan converged towards the chance. Raina ran back from the infield, Irfan came in from the boundary. Raina was closer to it, Irfan was the man running in. So who should call for it?

Neither man did in this case. Raina completed the catch, and then the two ran into each other. Raina's hands hit Irfan's face, but he did well to not lose the ball on impact. He grabbed it as it was about to fall. The two lay flat after the catch, though. The whole team rushed to check on them, and when the two got up, they patted each other's back for the effort.

The run-out
It was a day of potentially controversial runs and consultation with the rulebook. After the David Hussey incident, another potential incident happened with Tendulkar. Gautam Gambhir bunted one down to point, and Tendulkar set off for the single straightaway, only to find Brett Lee, the bowler, in his way, near the striker's end, with his back to the non-striker's end. According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. The only way a batsman can get away with such a run-out is if the fielding side withdraws the appeal. Australia were in no mood to. The supporters of mankading can stretch the point and raise the question why the umpires didn't ask the fielding side to reconsider this appeal.

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harshad on February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @ the ctexperience...It seems you have not seen the Replay and the exact impact of the Ball.It was bang on Leg stump but the ball was curling away down the leg side and it should not have been given LBW. He was absolutely right about his complaint. If you look at the clip the ball hits in front of leg and he hobbles a step which brings it in front of the middle and leg stump, at which point the umpire made the decision and wrong one...

  • raj on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Fully agree with Shaktiiman on (February 26 2012, 22:23 PM GMT) - SRT is definitely the mosting sporting cricketer around. SRT along with Dravid and Laxman play the game the way it should be played, without fuss or feud - they just play the game on the park and leave it there. No Bullshit or trash-talk! Whether SRT would have made is ground or not is a separate matter, the truth is that Lee intentionally ran to hinder SRT - Lee was never going to field the ball and he did not go to the stumps as bowlers generally do. Lee's sole purpose was to hinder the run of SRT - whether that is within the 'spirit of the game' is anyone's call. Shame though because SRT was batting so beautifully.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I love how everyone is talking about India always playing with the spirit of the game. When it comes to when Ian Bell was run out and they called him back. Dhoni waited until after the break, when he had a chance to consult with his superiors before he called Ian Bell back, he didn't do it on the field right when it happened. He only did it cause he was told to. If Dhoni is willing to appeal for David Hussey to be out when it was questionable whether or not he was defending himself (and keep complaining to the umpires about it after the final decision was made) then why should the Australians withdraw their appeal against the run out of Tendulkar. Tendulkar was never going to make it in the first place and when he saw Lee standing there the first thing he did was head straight for him and then change course last minute. Also Tendulkar didn't even dive or stretch, if he had he maybe might have made it, or atleast had a better argument instead he just practically walked across the line.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Lazy effort by Sachin, no dive, no commitment, no effort BUT he knew he was no chance if warner hit. Nothing to do with Lee here!

  • Christian on February 27, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i find it hard to believe that Lee didn't mean to do what he did... Sachin's effort was poor though, which meant he hardly had an argument to make. it's not like he dived for the crease, or even really bent his back to slide in. looks like his time is coming, just like after his misguided complaint over his LBW to Starc in the tests

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Cricket is no more gentlemen's game. Every team tries to win at any cost. These are parst and parcels of the game. Spirit of the game and sportsmanship no more counts, at the end all counts is that who won.

    Winning team always tries to prove their point like Mahela did in their game against India and loosing team tries to make their point with ' If's" Dhoni said about Lee & Hussey. At the end all Even up.

  • Croos on February 27, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    its simple India lost the game!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    in 2008 also before last league match...tendulkar was being adviced to rest....or dropped....but remember his last three innings of tour:: 63, 117*,91.....and he was top run getter....

  • Hulk on February 27, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Tendulkar himself is blocking the way for many youngsters in the team. What is so big fuss about Lee blocking Tendulkar's way???

  • Pankaj on February 27, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    "According to the law, it is the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler; not the bowler's to make way. "

    But Lee was running towards the ball and suddenly stopped inbetween. The ball was far away from Lee. He shouldn't had to run so far. When you carefully see reply, sachin had to reduce his speed. Otherwise there were chances to reach crease before ball reaches stumps.

    Anyways, I never expect sportmanship from Australians. If it is micheal slater, ricky ponting, adam gilchrist or Lee.

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