Sheffield Shield 2020-21: Tim Paine throws away his gloves in frustration after Tasmania loses to a questionable LBW decision

Sheffield Shield 2020-21: Tim Paine throws away his gloves in frustration after Tasmania loses to a questionable LBW decision

Paine was the last wicket to fall as Tasmania were bowled out for 202 in their second innings.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Tim Paine, the Tasmania skipper, had every right to be upset after his team lost to the New South Wales by 145 runs in the 2020-21 edition of the Sheffield Shield. At the Park 25 No.2, Adelaide, Tasmania started in an incredible manner, bowling the opposition out for 64 in the first innings. But from being the favourites, Paine’s men entered a slump from which they couldn’t recover.

After the completion of both teams’ first innings, Tasmania managed a decent lead of 175 runs. But from there on, Peter Neville’s New South Wales made a stunning comeback from nowhere. In the second innings, NSW smashed 522 for six declared. Centuries from Nick Larkin, Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott set Tasmania a daunting target of 348 runs in the fourth innings.

Chasing the score, Tasmania were bowled out for 202 in 80.5 overs. Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott notched half-centuries and they were ably supported by Peter Siddle, who scored 46 useful runs. However, to their dismay, their efforts weren’t enough. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon picked up three wickets each to rip the heart out of the Tasmania batting unit.

Tim Paine frustrated

To add insult to injury, Paine got out to Starc in a controversial manner. The veteran came to bat when Tasmania were straining at 176 for the loss of five wickets with 172 runs needed to win. But he saw wickets going down at the non-striker’s end. In the end, Paine was the last wicket to fall. In the 81st over, Starc trapped him in front to dismiss him and pull the curtains down on the contest.

However, the LBW decision turned out to be a questionable one. After returning, the Australian Test skipper expressed his frustration. He threw his gloves, showing how much disappointed he was by the decision and his team’s performance in Adelaide.

Paine didn’t have a great outing as he could manage scores of 12 and seven in the match. Paine has a massive task at hand going forward as Australia are set to face India in a four-match Test series, starting December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.

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