WATCH : Wade’s heated exchange with umpire over seemingly futile deadball appeal


England had a tough start after winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. Australian openers David Warner and Travis Head came out blazing, taking the score to 55 without loss in just four overs. Their quick dismissals during the powerplay, however, gave England a much-needed breakthrough.

Despite this, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell built a solid partnership, adding 65 runs and pushing the total to 136 for 2 by the 13th over. The match’s momentum shifted once again with their wickets in the middle overs, bringing Matthew Wade to the crease. Wade soon found himself in a confrontation with the on-field umpire over a dead-ball appeal.

In the 17th over, after Adil Rashid conceded a boundary on the second ball, he geared up to deliver the third. As Rashid ran in and bowled, Wade abruptly pulled out at the last moment, seemingly unprepared to face the delivery. In doing so, he made contact with the ball and then protested, claiming he wasn’t ready.

Despite his request for a dead-ball ruling, umpire Nitin Menon denied the appeal, stating that Wade had indeed played the ball, so it couldn’t be called a dead ball. This led to a heated argument between Wade and Menon.

After taking a single on the next ball, Wade continued to express his frustration, engaging in an animated discussion with both the umpire and Rashid. Social media quickly reacted to Wade’s antics, with Twitter users sharing their opinions on the controversy.


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