Sports Cricket 05 Aug 2019 Watch: Stokes dismis ...

Watch: Stokes dismisses Travis Head on Day 4 of first Test in controversial fashion

DECCAN CHRONICLE | Edited by : AMEYA BARVE
Published Aug 5, 2019, 1:52 pm IST
Updated Aug 5, 2019, 1:56 pm IST
It seemed that umpire Aleem Dar failed to spot a backfoot no-ball of Stokes off which he scalped the wicket of Head.
Ben Stokes was successful to break the 130-run partnership by dismissing Head. (Photo: AFP)
 Ben Stokes was successful to break the 130-run partnership by dismissing Head. (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: The duo of Steve Smith and Travis Head were batting comfortably to steer Australia into a commanding position on the fourth day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

However, Ben Stokes was successful to break the 130-run partnership by dismissing Head, but in a slightly controversial fashion. It seemed that umpire Aleem Dar failed to spot a backfoot no-ball of Stokes off which he scalped the wicket of Head.

 

Stokes came round the wicket and bowled from the edge of the sideline. It looked like his backfoot was touching the sideline which according to the rulebook should have been a no-ball.

As per the laws governing the sport, rule 21.5.1 states "the bowler’s back foot must land within and not touching the return crease appertaining to his/her stated mode of delivery."

The third umpire decided the first point of contact was inside the line and ruled it a legal delivery.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the incident:

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