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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  • LAJU on October 31, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Jadeja and Raina share similar temperaments--a short spell of success and they leap around like juveniles over their short-lived success, especially on the field. As if it's not enough that Jadeja is doing the Shikhar Dhawan mustache imitation without the performance of a class opener. Perhaps, at some point, Jadeja will get the axe too. Much needs to be learned from Rohit Sharma's impressive return--Obiwan taught him well, his skills match Vader's!

  • Albert on October 31, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Sometimes the Indian team takes the Atithi Devo Bhava paradigm to its extreme by either dropping catches or bowling no balls. In the process they end up 'gifting' maybe 100 runs, maybe more. All such mistakes when added together can have an adverse impact on the end result. But they are ignored, if the team wins, and then repeated in subsequent games.

  • Mahendran on October 31, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @Somu Yayavaram..L Sivaramakrishnan replying to Sunil Gavaskar:Stay away from that..Thats also nice..

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    there was 1 no ball from watson's last over as well but umpire dint noticed..hopefully india won and that 1 run had on impact on result :)

  • RAJARAMAN on October 31, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    cooljack_123 ... I think you are out of your cool zone ... no takers ... sorry

  • bobby on October 31, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    To: Cooljack_143 you don't see what happen to Ishant last few matchs. Ishant not ball single yorker in last 7 matchs. still do you think bring him back.? about Yuvi you can't say that because of 3 match he fail. remember t20 match Yuvi is match winner.

  • cricketfan1 on October 31, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Gavaskar, as ususal, is self-deprecating, always say how young cricketers are better than him. Gavaskar and Viv Richards, were only two batsmen I saw playing without helmet even after helmet came on.

    To me, these two were playing with their life bravely..and others are playing just cricket..

    I admire theses cricketers but my salute is only for sunny and Viv.

  • TR on October 31, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    My head is spinning since I saw the no-ball decision off Jadeja's bowling. The rule is that some part of the feet must be behind the popping crease. And the feet at landing is what counts (meaning the sliding of the feet should not be taken in to consideration). Now, when landing of the feet is studied, the replay should wait until the whole feet lands right? Doesn't matter if it is toes first or heels first right? Its the whole feet landing.

    In the case of Jadeja's no ball, the replays stopped at the point when his toe touches the ground and the not-out decision was made right based on that frame. 3rd umpire did not even see the whole feet landing and treated the toes touching as the feet landing!! (ridiculous). I thought he should have waited until the heel also landed. Can some knowledgeable person please explain the rule? How can the 3rd umpire stop the frame when only Jadeja's toes touched the ground and make the decision?

  • John on October 30, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    It's amazing that a bowler of Jadeja's pace is bowling no-balls at all, let alone missing out on two wickets as a result. It will be forgotten because India won but, had they lost... well, it still would have been forgotten because this is a series without context but you get the point.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I am clueless ascwhy the umpires check for a noball after a wicket falls. Hope all of them will be more agile in the future. The need for the third umpire frustrates the batsman if it is legal and ecstacy if otherwise. Anyhow it is time for drinks for the fielding side. As somebody pointed out in the Cricinfo commentary thag Umpires like Shepherd and others were spoton in locating the frontfoot noballs. Kashinath

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