Internet reacts to Deepti Sharma executing the mankad to pull off a thrilling win and clean sweep England

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India won the final ODI by 16-runs in controversial manner to complete a 3-0 whitewash of England

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Internet reacts to Deepti Sharma executing the mankad to pull off a thrilling win and clean sweep England

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SportsCafe Desk

09/25/2022

The mankad was at the centre of discussion once again in the cricketing community post-Saturday after Deepti Sharma used the method to claim the crucial last wicket in a suspense thriller against England. The incident drew many tweets from fans and experts alike, splitting opinion over its fairness.

The Indian women's cricket team secured a historic 3-0 ODI series against England at the Lord's on Saturday but their 16-run win in the final encounter did not come without controversy. In what was a low-scoring thriller that could have swung any way towards the end, it was the infamous mankad that ultimately decided proceedings in the visitor's favour to the disappointment of the English contingent.

After a shaky start with the bat, the Women in Blue had posted a total of 169 riding on the back of half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma. Renuka Singh ensured the Three Lions don't cruise to the mark with a fiery opening spell as her efforts eventually culminated into a four-wicket haul. However, once she had completed her quota of overs, India struggled to deal with the tail and especially a determined Charlotte Dean looking in incredibly fine touch. The 21-year-old defended and stroked her way to 47, bringing England much closer to victory than they would've expected a few overs ago.

However, enigmatic all-rounder Sharma has a habit of stealing the headlines with dazzling bits of brilliance on the field and she produced another historic moment, effectively, after the last ball of the game. Dean was on the non-striker's end and was eager to get back on strike to steer her team home but her enthusiasm saw her take a few strides down the pitch way too early, Completely aware of the development, Deepti stopped in her tracks while delivering and instead clipped off the bails, raising her hand in appeal. The umpires couldn't help but award the dismissal after referring to the TV umpire, handing India a dramatic 16-run win in one of the finest ODIs played in recent times. 

It is what it is!

Waaahhhh!😂😂😂😂😂

Exactly!!! Why hurry?

Rules are rules for everyone!

Hahahaha!

Yes!

Lol! Common it's game not cinema!

Cool broady!

Hmmm! Okay bye.

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