A shocking incident happened during the first match of the inaugural season of the Women’s T20 League on Saturday, March 4 at the Dy Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai skipper Harmanpreet Kaur challenged a wide decision during the second innings against Gujarat.
On the last ball of the 13th over, which was bowled by Saika Ishaque, Gujarat’s Monica Patel tried to play a pull shot but missed it and the umpire called it a wide. However, wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia looked confident that the ball had contact with Monica’s gloves, and the batter herself admitted that the ball hit her gloves.
Harmanpreet took a review and it was confirmed in the ultra edge that the glove was involved and the decision was reversed. It was, earlier, stated that the teams can challenge a wide and waist-high no-ball decision of the umpire. According to the Women’s T20 league rules document, it states that
"Circumstances in which a player review may be requested 3.1.1 A player may request a review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning whether or not a batter is dismissed, with the exception of ‘Timed Out’ (Player Review). A player may also be allowed to review any decision taken by on-field umpires concerning wide or no ball.”
It is a big day for women's cricket: Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet was on a rampage in the opening match of the league as she smashed 65 runs off just 30 deliveries which included 14 fours. She also displayed her outstanding captaincy as Mumbai won the first match by a huge margin of 143 runs. She also talked about her magnificent innings in the post-match interview and said that she was very happy that the team did well on the first day.
“I watched the ball nicely and backed myself. Whatever came my way, I backed myself, and it went my way. I think it was a brilliant start; it felt like a dream come true. The first day and whatever we did, worked well for us. We kept things simple and clear. Told players to play natural. It is a big day for women's cricket, and we talked about expressing ourselves.” She said.
Here's how fans reacted to that incident:
MI player to MI player pic.twitter.com/QsCrEHTNBd— Vamsy Creazioniii (@thordarlingfan) March 4, 2023
The umpires yesterday were smiling a lot— Teayakkar (@T__Chai) March 5, 2023
AMBANI FIXING STARTED ALREADY— π (@5nding_Peace) March 4, 2023
bodied vadapav— Cricket is love (@vk18745) March 4, 2023
Ambani ambani— Sangmesh Biradar (@Sangmes49549432) March 4, 2023
Umpire bhi has rahi hai👀— Arka (@ARKA0432) March 4, 2023
Bataiye. Jab itna hi karna h to bekar se kyu do aadmi ko khada karwa ke rakhe ho ground me.— Ashutosh Singh (@kashutosh845) March 5, 2023
Two MI players in one frame pic.twitter.com/p8F1oCXt4L— Haider Khan 🇮🇳💚 (@ind_iw0) March 4, 2023