Similar to many matches in the series, England faced an early setback in the third ODI against New Zealand at the Oval. Losing Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow within three overs left the home team in a challenging position, requiring a substantial partnership to set a competitive target.
This need was met and exceeded by Dawid Malan and Captain Ben Stokes, who not only stabilized the innings after a shaky start at 13/2 but also built an impressive 199-run partnership for the third wicket, firmly placing England in control of the match.
Nevertheless, in the 31st over, Boult, who had just commenced his second spell, delivered a delivery down the leg side. As Malan attempted to flick it, the ball appeared to have evaded his bat and went into the gloves of Tom Latham, stationed behind the stumps.
Despite a vigorous appeal, the umpire determined that there was no contact and signaled it as a wide ball. As the players began to gather to debate the possibility of a review, Boult decided to act independently.
Approaching Malan, he inquired, “Did you make contact with the ball? I thought I heard a slight edge.” Despite Malan’s efforts to remain composed, New Zealand decided to refer the decision for review. When Ultra Edge was displayed on the screen, a clear spike confirmed the touch. Boult not only claimed the crucial wicket but also prevented Malan from reaching his century by just four runs.