Why Rinku Singh’s Last-Ball Six vs Australia in T20I Thriller Was Not Counted – Explained

India started the T20I series against Australia in some style as they claimed a two-wicket win on Thursday. There was no shortage of excitement in the match. Courtesy Josh Inglis‘ 110, Australia notched a huge total of 208/3 in 20 overs. In response, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan hit half-centuries as India cruised towards the target. Both escaped, however, and it was left to that Rinku Singh to take India over the line as India needed seven runs from six balls.

More drama followed as India lost wickets Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh in the last over by Sean Abbott to go eight down. With India needing one off one ball, Rinku Singh hit a huge six to give India the win. However, the six were not counted and there was confusion over India’s final score. The umpires then deemed the delivery a no-ball. As it was a no-ball and India had got the runs required and had already won by its courtesy. Therefore, the six were not included. India finished at 209/8 in 19.5 overs.

Half-centuries by Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan helped India secure a two-wicket win over Australia in the first T20I of a five-match series in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

This is India’s highest T20I run chase, surpassing the chase of 208 against West Indies back in 2019.

India are leading 1-0 in the series.

Chasing 209, India got off to a good start Yashasvi Jaiswal hits a four and a six in the first over, but a miscommunication with Ruturaj Gaikwad ran out the latter to zero. India were 11/1 in 0.5 overs.

Jaiswal looked on the attack in the next over, but Matthew Short got his first T20I wicket, removing Jaiswal for 21 off 8 balls, with two fours and two sixes. India were 22/2 in 2.3 overs.

Ishan and Suryakumar Yadav, the skipper were the fresh pair. After a short pause, they both began to exchange shots. Pacer Sean Abbott went for 20 runs in the fifth over and was hit for a four and two sixes.

India reached the 50-run mark in 4.5 overs.

At the end of the powerplay, India were 63/2, with Suryakumar (26*) and Ishan (14*) unbeaten.

The ninth over pulled India back into the game big time with a young spinner Tanveer Sangha hit for two sixes and a four by Ishan. India reached the 100-run mark in 9.1 overs.

Halfway through the innings, India were 106/2, with Suryakumar (39*) and Suryakumar (40*) unbeaten.

Ishan reached his half-century, his fourth in T20Is, in just 37 balls, with two fours and four sixes. The left-hander tried to punish Sangha with fours and sixes. However, a third attempt to clear the ropes was caught by Short. Ishan went back for 58 off 39 balls, with two fours and five sixes. India were 134/3 in 12.3 overs.

India reached the 150-run mark in 14.2 overs.

Tilak played some good shots but lost his wicket to Sangha after being caught by Stoinis at extra cover for 12. India were 154/4 in 14.5 overs.

A knuckleball was delivered by Jason Behrendorff and Suryakumar went skiing, was caught by Aaron Hardie. Surya went back for 80 off 42 balls, with nine fours and four sixes. India were 194/5 in 17.4 overs.

India reached the 200-run mark in 18.5 overs with the help of a four from Rinku Singh.

With ANI inputs

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