Srinagar: This T20 World Cup 2022 has been in news for two main things other than cricket, bad weather and umpiring blunders. On Friday another Umpiring blunder was witnessed between Australia and Afghanistan game in Adelaide.
With matches running close and qualification hanging on run rate, small errors can cost team a place in semifinal.
On Friday, in the penultimate game of Group 1, between defending champions Australia and already-ousted Afghanistan, a massive umpiring error was highlighted on social media.
During the fourth over of the game, Australia batters Mitchell Marsh and David Warner combined to face just five balls in the over. Either batters scored a single of the first two balls before Marsh cracked the half-volley on the third ball over backward point for a boundary. Marsh then sneaked three runs on the next ball owing to some sloppy fielding from Afghanistan leading to an overthrow. The fifth delivery was a dot ball. There was no sixth ball bowled in that over.
Given how important facing every ball was for Australia, who ultimately emerged winner by mere four runs surviving Rashid Khan onslaught the denied delivery could have turned out to be expensive.
New Zealand are already through to the semis.
The battle is now down to England, Sri Lanka and Australia in Group 1.