Australia vs India: Fox Sports raises doubts on KL Rahul’s match-winning catch
Even Hazlewood was happy with the catch and same was the case with Nigel Llong.
Published - Dec 10, 2018 12:13 pm | Updated - Dec 10, 2018 12:13 pm
It all came down to wire at the Adelaide Oval with Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood put ting up an amazing rearguard action. They came together with the team 64 runs needed for the victory and it was only a matter of time before the visitors sealed the historic win. But the duo had other plans in their minds. Both defied India wicket for 11 overs before Ravi Ashwin finally managed to eke out an edge off Hazlewood’s bat which was caught by KL Rahul at the second slip.
The shoulders were dropping on the field. Virat Kohli was getting angry as well. Lyon and Hazlewood were taking all the energy out of India’s four-pronged pace attack. Ashwin had sent down 52 overs and the offie, looking tired, once again came on to bowl for his 53rd over.
The Aussie crowd was gaining hopes of an unlikely victory while the Indian fans were getting nervous with every run. Hazlewood was on strike and was looking comfortable after facing a massive 38 deliveries. He easily defended the next four balls as well and the frustration for the Indians continued to increase.
Was the catch clean?
The fifth ball though brought the delight on every Indian’s face as Hazlewood finally edged one to the second slip and this time there was a fielder at that position. KL Rahul was stationed there and he stayed low to pouch the catch as the ball died on him. It was a nicely looped up delivery by Ashwin with a lot of revs on it and Australia’s no. 11 tried to play a drive.
The ball took the edge of his bat and Rahul took a brilliant catch under huge pressure even as the on-field umpire Nigel Llong made sure with his naked eye that the catch was clean. Even Hazlewood saw it only to get dis-heartened to lose the Test match. But the official broadcaster of the series Fox Sports has now released the video of the catch raising the doubts over India’s historic winning moment.
While it is clear that Rahul’s fingers were firmly under the ball and the officials have also ruled it out, it makes no sense for them to raise questions which might create a controversy now.
Here’s the video:
Was the final catch clean?
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2018
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