Two games in a row in the AUS v IND ODI series, an incident involving a no-ball has had a major role to play. Experienced pacer Jhulan Goswami’s controversial waist-high no-ball to Nicola Carey in the second ODI on Friday (September 24) allowed Australia to face an extra ball when they needed 3 off the last delivery and eventually post a victory.
And the roles were reversed in India’s favour on Sunday’s (September 26) final one-dayer at the Harrup Park in Mackay where the tourists benefitted immensely from an untimely no-ball from Carey herself.
Carey, who got a reprieve when she was otherwise caught in the previous game, was now the one to concede India the advantage as she overstepped on the sixth ball of the 46th over in the Indian innings, a ball of which she had gotten India’s Sneh Rana out caught & bowled.
AUS v IND: Nicola Carey’s no-ball gives Indian team much-needed respite in an epic reversal of fortunes
In an amazing moment reflecting the change of fortunes for the Indian team and Aussie all-rounder Nicola Carey, her no-ball gave Rana just the kind of reprieve and respite that she herself had received through Goswami’s waist-high no-ball.
With the game hanging in the balance and another 26 runs required off the 24 balls, Indian lower-order batter Rana went for a slog against Carey, who took a comfortable catch after the ball lobbed up in the air.
But only seconds later, the celebrations turned into despair for Aussie women cricketers – just like it had when Goswami’s full-toss was declared a waist-high no-ball – as the on-field umpire checked for the no-ball and found Carey to have landed her frontfoot just outside the crease.
Rana went on to finish with a vital 30 off 27 balls and ensured the Aussies didn’t have a backdoor entry into the contest. the Indian women’s team clinched a morale-boosting victory in the final one-dayer by two wickets, ending the three-match series with a 2-1 scoreline.
With their win, Indian women’s team also broke Australia’s 26-game winning streak in ODIs and also recorded their highest successful run-chase in ODIs.