The synopsis of an India – Australia match has taken 30 years to make a turnaround at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. When India defeated visiting Australia by 26 runs in the first match of the five match ODI series, many said India, at last, avenged the skinny loss of 1 run in a World Cup thriller thirty years ago.
The decision of altering a four into a six during the innings of that match, eventually rewarded Australia the famous win of a single run.
On field umpire Dickie Bird adjudged the hit of Australian batsman Dean Jones off Maninder Singh as a four; later when Aussie cricketers approached the umpires during the innings break, the decision had been taken to be altered to make it a six. Indian captain Kapil Dev also agreed the change at that moment.
Jones, in a recent interaction, claimed it was he who brought the changes for the team during the break.
“Wrong!!! I went into the umpires’ room to demand it changed,” Dean Jones twitted.
Batting first, Australia finished scoring 268 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs; the score turned out to be 270 after adding those two runs in Dean Jones’ individual score.
India, at one stage reached 207 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets but a drastic collapse in the middle took them to score 6 runs in last 6 deliveries. Steve Waugh bowled Maninder Singh to register a single run victory for Australia in the fifth ball of the last over of the innings.