Lee's obstruction ends Sachin's run

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Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 15:31 [IST]
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Lee's obstruction ends Sachin's run

Sydney, Feb 26: The Sydney Cricket Ground is known as one of the best cricket grounds in the world but now its also known for its controversies while Australia take on India.

[Also read: Obstructing the field controversy in Sydney]

The infamous '2008 monkeygate scandal' which took place at the venue between India and Australia, was in focus again on Sunday during the ODI tri series match between the two sides, which is developing into fierce rivalry in international cricket.

After an appeal against David Hussey for 'obstructing the field' was turned down during Australia's innings, the run-out of Sachin Tendulkar(14) was quite dramatic during India's chase.

The incident took place after the final delivery of the seventh over bowled by Brett Lee.

Gautam Gambhir placed the ball towards off-side for a quick single to which Tendulkar responded only to be run out by David Warner with a direct hit. But the highlight of the action was when Lee stopped suddenly in Tendulkar's way while he was running across towards the crease.

Lee stopped suddenly to observe as Warner ran in from point to dismiss Tendulkar with a direct hit.

Tendulkar looked clearly frustrated throwing his arms up when the ball hit the stumps, Tendulkar wasn't happy about Lee blocking his way but Umpires Simon Taufel (at square leg) and Billy Bowden ruled against the batsman after a small discussion.

After the over, Lee was fielding at the boundary having a casual chat with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma though it wasn't clear what the two players were talking and smiling about.

It is worth recalling a run out incident involving Tendulkar in February, 1999 in Kolkata (Asian Test Championship), which triggered a riot at the Eden Gardens. Tendulkar, batting on nine, collided with paceman Shoaib Akhtar at the non-striker's end as substitute Nadeem Khan scored a direct hit to run the Mumbai batsman out following a third umpire ruling. India went on to lose the Test by 46 runs, chasing 279.


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