Australia have gone down in controversial scenes in the fifth and final T20 against India, with Matthew Wade blowing up at the umpire after a late wide wasn't called. India secured a dramatic six-run victory in the series finale in Bengaluru, helping them take the series 4-1 and exact some revenge on Australia for the World Cup final.
But India's win didn't come without controversy, with Wade of the belief that the Aussies had been dudded in the final over. Needing 10 to win off the final six balls - bowled by paceman Arshdeep Singh - Australia could only manage three.
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However the first ball sailed well over Wade's head, leaving the Aussie captain calling for a wide. However the square-leg umpire was unmoved and it went as a dot ball.
🚨𝙄𝙩𝙨 𝘾𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙮 𝙉𝙤 𝘽𝙖𝙡𝙡 ,,,,!!!
Matthew Wade had an argument with the Indian #umpire who did not give a clear wide in the #lastover off #Arshdeep Singh's bowling. India won because of that call! Controversy.❓
#INDvsAUS #Matthewwade #INDvAUS #noball #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/ndXdC7det8
— (ZEESHAN)®08 (@Muhamma15874875) December 3, 2023
The Aussie veteran was left incensed at the no-call, throwing his arms in the air angrily at the umpire. The next delivery was a yorker that Wade couldn't score off, and he holed out on the third delivery of the over when he was caught in the deep.
The umpire at the non-striker's end than cost Australia a boundary on the second-last ball when he couldn't get out of the way in time after Nathan Ellis smashed it straight back down the ground. It meant instead of a registering a boundary, Australia could only scamper through for a single, and they went on to finish at 8-154 in response to India's 8-160.
"It's hard to wrap my head around at the moment after not being able to get us home," Wade said of the loss after making 22 off 15. "I thought we bowled relatively well. We kept them to a total that probably should have been chased at this ground. It's pretty disappointing.
"It would have been nice to get the result tonight. I think 3-2 would have been a reflection of where the series was at. It would've been nice to get the result, but we keep learning, and I thought Ben McDermott bounced back, and (Jason) Behrendorff, (Ben) Dwarshuis and (Tanvir) Sangha all made an impact in tough conditions."
Sangha (1-26) and all-rounder Aaron Hardie (1-21) had earlier produced strong displays with the ball as Australia restricted India to a getable total. McDermott made 54 off 36 balls in reply, providing some early fireworks before Australia fell in a hole.
Wade flipped the game on its head in the blink of an eye with three consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Avesh Khan. But the Aussies were dudded by the costly no-call in the final over that would've reduced the equation to nine required off six.
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Dwarshuis snared 2-5 from his first two overs, but copped some brutal punishment from that point on to finish with 2-30. Australia's run chase started off strongly, with Travis Head making 28 off 18 balls and McDermott in the thick of the action.
McDermott struck five sixes during his blistering knock - one of which he launched 98 metres and out of the stadium. But each time Australia looked like they had the game in their control, a string of wickets would follow.
Mukesh Kumar snared Matt Short (16) and Dwarshuis (0) in consecutive deliveries as Australia crumbled to 7-129, and Wade was unable to lift the team over the line despite producing some clutch boundaries. Axar Patel was the pick of India's bowlers with 1-14 off four overs, but Singh was the hero after conceding just three runs from the final over.
"It was a good series from day one," India skipper Suryakumar Yadav said. "We wanted to be fearless and enjoy ourselves when we were in the middle. So, very happy with that."
When you play against India, you play against 14.Matthew Wade had an argument with the Indian umpire who did not give a clear wide in the last over off Arshdeep Singh's bowling. Cheating, Controversyv 👀#INDvAUS #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/x1Zv845UWq
— Saqib Khan (@saqibkhan_10) December 3, 2023
Umpires have costed Australians the match in that last over. That was a wide ball over Matthew Wade. Third umpires have to step in when the replay shows that delivery as a wide ball, otherwise what is the use tech ? #INDvsAUS A very well bowled last over by Arshdeep Singh. 👏🏽👏🏽
— Dr Yash MS (@yash_sa) December 3, 2023
That was a wide ball to Matthew Wade.
Poor umpiring has cost Australia a fair chance to have a crack at win!!#IndiaVsAustralia
— Aniket Kandge (@AussieBhakt) December 3, 2023
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