Twitter Reactions: Amy Jones labelled ‘cheat’ by Indian fans for claiming a dropped catch of Smriti Mandhana

Twitter Reactions: Amy Jones labelled ‘cheat’ by Indian fans for claiming a dropped catch of Smriti Mandhana

The current Tri-nation T20I series is the perfect opportunity for the Indian women’s team to prepare for the upcoming T20I World Cup in Australia.

Amy Jones
Amy Jones. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian women’s cricket team locked horns against England in the first match of Australia’s ongoing Tri-nation T20  series at Canberra. In the second over of India’s chase, England’s wicketkeeper Amy Jones sparked controversy for claiming a catch which had popped out of her gloves.

India opener Smirti Mandhana edged the first ball from Katherine Brunt behind the wicket and wicketkeeper Amy Jones dived to her left to pluck the ball. Mandhana began to walk back to the pavilion and it looked like a major blow for the Indian team after losing their in-form opener.

However, after scrutinizing replays several times, it was found that the ball had touched the ground. The wicketkeeper and rest of the team were celebrating but the decision was overturned and Mandhana was called back to the middle. Post the incident, Indian team’s supporters and fans mocked Jones for poor sportsmanship and also accused her of cheating.

Mandhana, who walked back to the crease, made the best use of the second chance by smashing three boundaries off the next five deliveries. However, the Indian opener couldn’t last long as she was dismissed for 15 by Natalie Sciver. Chasing a total of 148 runs, India lost their top-order comprising Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues till the 11th over. However, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led her side from the front and delivered a match-winning 42-run knock to steer India to the victory.

‘We lacked in handling pressure in the last two WC’ – Harmanpreet Kaur

The current Tri-nation T20I series is the perfect opportunity for the Indian women’s team to prepare for the upcoming T20I World Cup in Australia from February 21. England and Australia, who are part of the Tri-Nation series, would provide tough fight for the Women in Blue.

The Indian team reached the finals of 2017 but couldn’t lift the trophy as they lost by four runs to England. Though the Indian side has an abundance of talent, it hasn’t lifted the trophy even once. They will aim to deliver impressive performances and bring the trophy home from Australia.

Skipper Kaur emphasized on handling pressure in the World cup games before departing to Australia earlier this month.  “We were quite close in the last two World Cups, the only thing is we have to keep in mind how to handle pressure in the tournaments, last two World Cups we lacked in handling pressure,” she said.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: