India vs Australia 2nd ODI: For starters, ‘fake fielding’ is not allowed and is the violation of law 41.5. So, did the umpires not spot that? The incident happened during the slog overs when Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli were at the crease. Nathan Coulter Nile was the bowler as Jadeja who was finding the going tough decided to dance down the track. He did it but on realising he had not reached the ball, he adjusted and guided the ball to third man past point. Glenn Maxwell who was at the point region could not stop the single as he could not gather it. Maxwell after missing the ball got up and acted as if the ball was in his hand and he took a throw.
The 41.5 law in cricket deals with “deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of a batsman”. The law states, “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.”
“It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not,” the law further states.
Meanwhile, a lot was riding on Glenn Maxwell with the bat but he disappointed as he could only muster an uncharacteristic 18-ball four. He was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav as he tried to break the shackles but the ball kept low and castled onto the middle-stump. Australia eventually lost the match by eight runs as Kuldeep bagged three wickets.
It is over to Ranchi where India will host Australia in the 3rd ODI.