India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur October 30, 2013

Jadeja's no-balls, and Finch's hoick

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the sixth ODI between India and Australia

The no-ball
In the 10th over of the Australian innings, Umpire Nigel Llong no-balled Mohammed Shami, who couldn't believe it at all. Llong didn't signal for a free hit either. Turned out the short mid-on, Suresh Raina, had his left foot on the pitch. The umpires wouldn't be as alert on the front foot later in the day, but they had replays to help them there.

The no-ball, part II
In the 17th over of the day, Shane Watson went slogging at Ravindra Jadeja, and edged him to point. Umpire S Ravi, though, asked Watson to wait. Even as Watson shook his head at the poor shot he had played, the replays showed Jadeja had indeed bowled a no-ball. He landed on his toe, his heel was in the air, but had you drawn a straight line from his heel to the ground, it would have landed on the crease, and not behind it. How this would haunt India.

The no-ball, part III
In the last over of the Australian innings, that man Jadeja was at it again. Immediately after getting George Bailey caught at long-off, Jadeja thought he had his 100th ODI wicket through a low return catch. However, Adam Voges, the batsman, stayed back to make sure the catch was clean. Satisfied Jadeja had taken the catch, Voges began to walk off only to be pleasantly surprised. This turned out to be an even bigger no-ball than Jadeja's previous one.

The hoick
Aaron Finch's berating of himself as he walked back said it all. He had got off to a good start when R Ashwin came on to bowl the 12th over. From round the stumps Ashwin delivered, and for some reason Finch jumped out of the crease and heaved across the line, and down the wrong line. He had a fallen off stump to show for his efforts.

The dig
In the third over of the chase, Mitchell Johnson speared in a near-perfect yorker into Shikhar Dhawan's toes. The batsman's reaction was to get his toes out of the way, but the bat came down so beautifully he timed it for three runs past midwicket.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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