India vs Australia: Watch Punam Raut walks off against Australia despite given not out, experts divided
India and Australia women are playing a day-night Test in Gold Coast. Meanwhile, Indian batter Punam Raut has divided the experts after she decided to walk off despite being given not out.
India and Australia women are involved in an interesting day-night Test match at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast. On Day 2 of the Test, an exciting thing happened involving Indian batter Punam Raut that has had the experts divided.
As Punam batted, spinner Sophie Molineux bowled at her, while the former attempted a front-foot defence but missed it as the wicketkeeper collected the ball. However, believing there was an edge, all the Australians appealed for a caught-behind, only for the umpire to turn it down.
Also, with no DRS available, the Australians could not have reviewed it. But, Punam knew that she had knicked it and walked away for 36 to uphold the spirit of the game.
However, the decision of Punam had the experts divided in opinions. Aussie opener Beth Mooney spoke to the commentator immediately after the incident, expressing her disbelief. “No way. Don’t know. The umpire said not out,” she said.
Also, former Indian wicketkeeper Saba Karim, who was commentating for Sony Sports, said, “It was very strange, to be honest. There is no DRS.” Former India women’s cricketer Nooshin Al Khadeer added, “I hope Raut doesn’t regret it now.”
Winning the toss, Australia elected to bowl, as the Indians have had a decent time with the bat so far. Opener Smriti Mandhana played a record-breaking knock of 127, putting India in the driver’s seat. At the tea break on Day 2, India is 276/5, with Deepti Sharma (12*) and wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia (0*) at the crease. The Aussies have utilised eight bowlers so far, with Molineux claiming a couple so far.
Brief scores: India 276/5 (Smriti- 127; Molineux- 2/28) vs Australia.