Steve Smith trolled for pointless review against Manish Pandey
The Australian opted to review a decision which was not even worth an appeal.
Updated - Sep 30, 2017 4:36 am
Indian team’s winning run came to an end yesterday when they lost to Australia in the 4th ODI of the series. India fell short by 21 runs chasing a steep total as Australia won for the first time in the series. During the chase, a funny incident occurred when Steve Smith decided to review against Manish Pandey but replays showed he was clearly not out.
Steve Smith took a bad review
The incident occurred in the 42nd over of the Indian innings. Adam Zampa was bowling to Manish Pandey, and the ball struck on the pads of the Indian batsman. Pandey was trying to clip the ball but missed it altogether. Australians appealed but the umpire remained unmoved.
Considering the fact that the wicket of Pandey was important at that stage, the Australian captain decided to challenge the decision. But the TV replays showed that the ball pitched way outside the leg stump and wasn’t even going to hit the stumps either.
It was not even a close call and the review seemed like a waste of time. For taking such a review Steve Smith was severely trolled on various social media platforms with many calling it yet another ‘brain fade’.
Steve Smith chose to bat first
Earlier in the day, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch which looked like a belter. David Warner and Aaron Finch looked in form and gave a great start to the Australians. The left-handed batsman, who was playing his 100th ODI, came down heavily on the Indian bowlers. He scored a century as the two built a 231 run partnership.
The Australians set a target of 335 for the Indians. The hosts started well with both openers looking in fine form. Rohit Sharma was batting well before a mix-up between him and captain Virat Kohli resulted in him being run out. Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav came up with decent knocks but none were able to get a big score which India needed.