Cricket, the gentleman's game, sometimes becomes so much fun that you can't stop yourself from rolling on the ground laughing. In one of the funniest incidents ever to happen on a cricket pitch, the TV umpire called not out on LBW review, but the ground umpire mistakenly signaled out. And this happened not in any domestic competition but in an international game. This was the second ODI of a three-match series between South Africa and Australia Women at the North Sydney Oval.
This was an LBW appeal from Australia against Sune Luus off the bowling of Ashley Gardner. Ground umpire Claire Polosak initially gave it not out before Australia went up. TV umpire Sue Redfearn found that the ball pitched outside the off stump and the impact was well outside it.
The TV umpire said, “Pitching outside off, impact is out. Send Claire back on the field. Stay with not out. Stand by. Signal is not out now.” During this the camera again focused on ground umpire Clair, who accidentally raised his finger to give out. He soon realized his mistake and changed his signal.
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Talking about the game, Cap produced a brilliant performance to lead South Africa Women to their first ODI win over Australia in Sydney on Wednesday and kept them alive in the 50-over series.
Kapp's innings of 75 runs from 87 balls was the main talking point of South Africa's batting performance. Apart from Kapp, explosive innings from Anneke Bosch (44 off 46 balls) and Chloe Tryon (37 off 36 balls) helped the Proteas post 229/6 on the scoreboard.
Australia made the best start to the game by dismissing Laura Wolvaardt for zero and Tazmin Brittas for 21 off 41 balls. The visiting team was alert during the powerplay and after the end of the 10th over its score was 32 runs for 1 wicket.
However, Kapp found de Klerk and Tryon to form a partnership and brought up his half-century in 62 balls.
Megan Scutt and Ashley Gardner led the Australian bowling attack after taking two wickets each in their respective spells.
Rain disrupted play after the start of the second innings. Kapp also shone with the ball and helped the visitors dominate the hosts. In the run chase, Australia suffered a batting collapse as rarely seen as their score read 71/8 in the 14th over.
Cap dismissed Alyssa Healy after being caught behind and Beth Mooney after bowling an inswinger. The South African all-rounder then trapped Phoebe Litchfield, leaving the Australians at 34/3.
Ellyse Perry came in at number 5 and failed to make a mark as she scored only 2 runs before giving debutant Ayanda Hlubi her first ODI wicket. The Proteas bowling attack broke the middle order.
Gardner and Kim Garth briefly halted Australia's collapse and made a strong partnership for the ninth wicket. But it could not last long and Marks dismissed Gardner in the 29th over.
After March 2009, Australia lost a home ODI while chasing the target.
Apart from Cap's three wickets, Hlubi, Marks and Clarke took two wickets each in their respective spells as Australia were bowled out for 149 runs in the 30th over.
(With ANI inputs)
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