Can a kicker run from a free kick despite being hit? Why did team India get 3 points after Virat Kohli was cleared by a free kick? Former Australian umpire Simon Taufel delivered his verdict to settle the never-ending debate on the dead-ball controversy following India’s thrilling win over Pakistan at the ICC World T20 2022 on Sunday. Kohli’s magnificent knock set up India’s stunning four-wicket victory over Babar Azam-led Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Sharing his views on social media, former umpire Taufel revealed that he was asked about one of the match-changing deliveries in which Kohli managed to steal three runs after being dismissed from a free. “Following the thrilling climax to India v Pakistan last night at the MCG, I have been asked by many to explain India’s byes after Kohli’s free-kick was dismissed,” Taufel wrote.
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Giving his verdict on the dead ball controversy, the former Australian umpire shared the ICC’s playing conditions and went on to explain why the match umpires made the ‘right decision’. “The umpire made the right decision when he signaled Bays after the batsmen had run out three after the ball hit the stumps and rolled to third man. “For a free kick, the striker cannot be dismissed and therefore the ball is NOT dead when it hits the stumps – the ball is still in play and all conditions under the Offside Law are met,” he added.
Tasked with ending India’s hyped run-chase, batting icon Kohli smoked a huge six off Mohammad Nawaz after the Pakistani bowler reached his waist on the fourth ball of the final over. Pakistan captain Babar was in disbelief after umpire Rod Tucker signaled a no-ball, while fourth-leg umpire Marais Erasmus refused to say anything.
In a dramatic turn of events, Kohli was dismissed for a free after Nawaz leaked 1 run by bowling wide. After being bowled, Kohli still managed to steal three runs off Dinesh Karthik which sparked a big discussion between the Pakistan players and the match officials. Despite the protests, India won by three runs, eventually paving the way for Kohli’s side to seal a dramatic victory over Pakistan in a final thriller at the MCG.
Ravichandran Ashwin hit the winning run for India while Kohli remained unbeaten with 82 off 53 balls as India recorded a four-wicket victory over their arch-rivals. Former Indian captain Kohli was also named man of the match for his batting masterclass against Pakistan. Team India will meet Netherlands in the second match of the Super 12 stage of the World Cup on Thursday.
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