Wade expresses anger towards umpire following Australia’s loss in another T20 match against India.
The fifth and final T20 match between Australia and India in Bengaluru ended with a six-run win for India, but not without controversy. Australia’s captain, Matthew Wade, was angered by a late umpiring mistake.
Aaron Hardie, the versatile player, took one wicket for 21 runs while spinner Tanveer Sangha also had a solid performance with one wicket for 26 runs. As a result, Australia was able to limit India to a final score of 160 runs for eight wickets during the Sunday night game (Monday AEDT).
Ben McDermott (54 runs off 36 balls) ignited the innings with his early performance, but Australia quickly found themselves in a difficult situation, requiring 32 runs to win with only three wickets remaining and 17 balls left.
Wade (22 runs off 15 balls) quickly altered the equation by hitting three consecutive boundaries off Avesh Khan’s bowling.
In the last over, Australia required 10 runs to win, which was delivered by bowler Arshdeep Singh. Unfortunately, this is where things went downhill for Australia, and in certain cases, it was not their fault.
Singh’s initial delivery was a bouncer that went well above Wade’s head. Wade was astounded and angered by the lack of a wide call from the square-leg umpire, and he gestured vehemently in response.
Wade attempted to hit the next ball, but it was a yorker and he was only able to nudge it for no runs. Unfortunately, he was caught in the deep on the third ball of the over and was unable to score. Following a single by Jason Behrendorff, Australia required nine runs in the last two balls.
Unfortunately, their chances of winning were dashed when the umpire was unable to move quickly enough to avoid being hit by the fifth delivery, which was powerfully struck by Nathan Ellis back down the pitch.
Instead of successfully marking a boundary, Australia was only able to quickly run for one point. This ended their chances as they ultimately finished with a score of eight for 154. As a result, India secured a 4-1 victory in the series.
“I’m having a hard time understanding it right now, especially after not being able to bring us home,” Wade expressed about the loss. “I felt like we bowled decently. We limited them to a score that we should have been able to chase at this venue.”
“I am quite disappointed. It would have been great to achieve the outcome tonight. I believe a score of 3-2 would have accurately represented the state of the series.”
After 9.1 overs, India’s score was at four for 55 before Shreyas Iyer (53 runs off 37 balls) and Axar Patel (31 runs off 21 balls) made valuable contributions to help the home team reach a respectable total.
Ben Dwarshuis, the fast bowler from Australia, took two wickets for five runs in his initial two overs. However, he faced some backlash afterwards and ended up with figures of two wickets for 30 runs.
Australia had a strong start to their run chase, with Travis Head (28 runs off 18 balls) and McDermott actively involved.
During his rapid innings, McDermott hit five sixes – one of them flying 98 metres and out of the stadium. However, every time Australia seemed to have a handle on the game, they would then lose multiple wickets in quick succession.
Mukesh Kumar took the wickets of Matt Short (16) and Dwarshuis (0) in back-to-back deliveries, causing Australia to fall to a score of seven for 129. Despite Wade’s efforts to score crucial boundaries, the team was unable to win the game.
Axar Patel was the pick of India’s bowlers with one for 14 off four overs, but Singh was the hero after conceding just three runs from the final over.