WATCH | Alzarri Joseph survives bizarre run out as Australia forget to appeal

In a thrilling encounter at Adelaide Oval, Australia secured a hard-fought 34-run victory in the high octane second T20I against West Indies on Sunday, February 11. This win allowed Australia to wrap up the series with a game in hand, but the match wasn’t without its fair share of drama.

Australia came into the game with high spirits, looking to build on the momentum from their previous victory. Their confidence was evident as they amassed a staggering total of 241 runs, setting a target which would require the West Indies to deliver a batting performance of the highest caliber.

The West Indies, undeterred by the formidable challenge, embarked on their chase with determination. The heart of their response was fueled by electrifying innings from Rovman Powell and Andre Russell, who both played into the deep pockets of potential that West Indies Cricket is known for. Together, they kept the pulse of the chase racing, giving the visitors a glimmer of hope.

As the match approached its climax, an unusual incident unfolded that caught the attention of the cricketing world. In the penultimate over, Alzarri Joseph found himself at the center of controversy when he was caught outside his crease after a drive to mid off. The fielder, Mitchell Marsh, swiftly relayed the ball back to Spencer Johnson, who dislodged the bails without hesitation.

However, despite the seemingly straightforward nature of the dismissal, the Aussie fielders inexplicably refrained from making an appeal. Johnson, with his focus shifted towards the next delivery, seemed unaware of the situation as Joseph lingered outside the safety of his crease.

It was only when the replay was broadcasted on the stadium’s big screen that the magnitude of the mistake dawned on the Australian players, prompting belated celebrations. This incident threw a spotlight on umpire Gerard Abood, who found himself encircled by a wave of green and gold, insistent that the wicket should stand. Nevertheless, Abood remained steadfast in his decision, reminding the players that an appeal must be lodged before the commencement of the next delivery’s run-up, a fact cemented in the ICC laws of cricket. As such, the dismissal was nullified, adhering to the rules of the game.

Despite the momentary lapse, the misstep did little to hinder Australia’s march to victory. The West Indies’ spirited chase eventually culminated with their scoreboard reading 207 for the loss of 9 wickets, falling short of the target. Australia’s prowess with the bat and commendable effort on the field ensured that they maintained their upper hand and clinched the series.

The triumph of the Australian team was particularly sweetened by Glenn Maxwell’s breathtaking performance with the bat. Maxwell produced an innings of sheer brilliance, hammering 120 not out from only 55 deliveries, equalling the world record for the fastest T20I century. This knock by Maxwell not only buoyed Australia to their highest T20I score on home soil but also underlined his status as a preeminent player in the shortest format of the game.

With this win, Australia’s playing XI, consisting of the likes of David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa, demonstrated a winning synchronicity that was mirrored in their West Indies counterparts featuring Brandon King, Nicolas Pooran, and other key players. The series win bodes well for the Aussies as they continue to fine-tune their squad ahead of future competitions.

The incident involving Alzarri Joseph will likely be filed away as a curious footnote in an otherwise emphatic series performance by Australia. Such moments are teachable instances for teams on the discipline of appealing and remaining vigilant until the play is decisively concluded. The series now moves forward with West Indies vying for consolation and Australia looking to complete a clean sweep in the finale of what has been a highly entertaining and competitive series.

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