India on their tour of England after losing the 3-match T20I series 1-2, made a strong comeback during the ODI leg which had them come to Lord’s for the final and the 3rd ODI with a 2-0 sealed series lead. The low-scoring game at Lord’s was an action-packed one that had all that one asks for including a good dose of unnecessary controversy.
India in the 3-match ODI series registered wins at Hove and Canterbury before the side took the field for their final game of the series at Lord’s with a 2-0 series lead. The game had the English bowl India out for a total of 169 that they got to with the fifties from blades of Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma. England in reply suffered a middle order collapse, but a late stitch kept England’s hopes alive, but the controversial dismissal of Charlie Dean on 47, proved enough for India to seal the series 3-0.
The controversial dismissal of Charlie Dean took place in the 44th over with 153 on board and England requiring 17 for the win. The partnership between Charlie Dean and Freya Davies was worth 35 runs that came to an abrupt end as Deepti Sharma followed an indication from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and ran out Charlie Dean on 47 on the non-strikers’ end and Dean was left with tears, Indians overjoyed and the English crowd booing the Indians.
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The legal background behind Deepti Sharma’s Mankad to Charlie Dean by the International Cricket Council (ICC) is termed, “Running out of the non-striker: The Playing Conditions follow the Laws in moving this method of effecting a Run out from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section.
Despite it being a legal practice, disappointed folks haven’t missed a word in slamming Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma, while there is so much of talking going on around social media which has left fans and experts divided on opinions, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has come out in full support of Deepti Sharma and has backed her for doing so.
Harmanpreet Kaur in her post-match interview on the Mankad said, “It’s part of the game, I don’t think we have done something new. It shows your awareness, what batters are doing. I will back my players, she hasn’t done something outside the rules.”
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s backing for sure has got many silenced amid the backlash that’s raging in, but notably and rightly there’s enough of support and backing coming in for both Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur from fans and former players.