Australia vs. Afghanistan suffers a five ball over due to an umpiring error: T20 World Cup

At the Adelaide Oval on Friday, also Australia’s final T20 World Cup Super-12 match in Group 1 versus Afghanistan featured an umpiring error during the first-innings PowerPlay.

A five ball over took place in the fourth over of Australia’s innings after Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bowl in a match that was critical to their prospects of making the semifinals.

Naveen-ul-Haq, an Afghan seamer, let up a four to Mitchell Marsh on the third ball of the over before Australian No. 3 and opener David Warner caught three runs from an overthrow on the following ball. The fifth ball, a dot, was subsequently blocked out by Warner. Neither side noticed the umpiring blunder as the umpires then quickly moved to the fifth over.

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In the absence of an injured Aaron Finch, Australia scored 168-8 in 20 overs under the leadership of Matthew Wade. In the event that England falters in its last Group 1 encounter against Sri Lanka on Saturday, the home team needs a sizable victory to raise its Net Run Rate (NRR) and increase its chances of qualifying. New Zealand, meanwhile, became the first team from Group 1 to advance to the semifinals when it was made sure that Australia would be unable to surpass the Kiwis on NRR.

Similar five ball over incidence before

In 2012, Adelaide had seen a comparable umpiring incident during an ODI tri-series game between India and Sri Lanka. During India’s 237-run chase, which ultimately resulted in a thrilling tie, Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga would only throw five ball over.

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