Tim Paine survived a close run out call before being outdone by Ravichandran Ashwin on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday. Any hesitation between Paine and Cameron Green nearly led to the former’s downfall. Green poked the ball towards the middle of the game and started to run, Paine didn’t seem too enthusiastic but went through. Rishabh Pant declined bail and the first few reps seemed to show the bat was on the line. A different look from a different angle, however, worked in Paine’s favor as the third referee gave the Australian captain the benefit of the doubt. Paine didn’t hang around much longer, though, because Ashwin caught him on his backward short leg for 13 hours.
However, many, including big spider Shane Warne, took to Twitter to express their surprise at the third referee’s decision.
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that running review! I had him on his bike and thought there was no part of his bat behind the line! Should have been out in my opinion
– Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
That was OFF.
Jason Holder was right. If players can sit in a biobubble for soooo long … let referees do the same. #AusvInd
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2020
This is a very poor referee with the highest quality of play. pic.twitter.com/OLGkI9vMPj
– Praneeth Reddy (@ Praneet30310027) December 26, 2020
Referees looking for “conclusive evidence” didn’t bother checking the stump camera view? A referee.
– Rahul Sen (@RahulSaysSo) December 26, 2020
It’s damn clear it’s at stake!
Bad decision by the 3rd referee!
– Aatmsaat () (@SarvGunSampann) December 26, 2020
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer poked fun at the referee’s decision by posting another hilarious meme.
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) December 26, 2020
Indian bowlers performed brilliantly on opening day after Australia won the coin toss and chose to hit.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were unplayable for long periods of the first session, with the latter again responsible for Steve Smith’s wicket, who was fired for a duck.
Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head fared well in the opening hour of the second session, but India struggled back control with Bumrah removing Head and rookie Mohammed Siraj taking his first test wicket to send Labuschagne back to the pavilion.
Siraj took his second wicket and removed Cameron Green after the tea break to extend India’s advantage with Paine following his teammate back to the pavilion later.
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