Cricket: India clinched the one-day series against England with a game to spare today, as Steven Finn was denied a crucial wicket for breaking the stumps in his delivery stride.
Finn’s habit of colliding with the stumps has caused much debate among the game’s law-makers but it had a very practical consequence in the fourth ODI, with umpire Steve Davis calling dead ball when Suresh Raina was held at slip with India 178 for four.
At that point India were still 80 short of victory but Raina, on 41 at the time, finished unbeaten on 89 to seal a five-wicket win in the 48th over.
It was not the first time Finn has paid for the problem, Davis also officiating when South Africa’s Graeme Smith was reprieved in similar circumstances last summer.
The incident overshadowed what was a fine contest, with Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen each scoring 76 and Joe Root (57 not out) adding a stylish maiden ODI half-century.
India’s response included a gutsy 83 from Rohit Sharma, recalled after a year in the cold, before Raina’s dramatic innings.