Matter of Margins: Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal sparks debate after controversial no-ball call

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The Australian test summer kicked off with the first against Pakistan at The Gabba in Brisbane. Things swayed a bit in the favour of the hosts after a close call went their way leading to the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan during a crucial juncture in the game. 

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The visitors got off to a bright start with the blooming opening partnership between skipper Azhar Ali and Shan Masood. However, a collapse from 75-0 to 94-5 spelled trouble for the World Test Championship debutants.

Mohammad Rizwan opted for a counter-attacking approach as he swatted the deliveries for the boundaries en route his cameo of 37. With the score reading 143-5, it was important for Pakistan that Rizwan stays on but after poking at a ball outside the off-stump only to be caught behind by Tim Paine.

The umpires decided to have a second look at the possibility of the delivery being a no-ball. Replays showed that the scenario was very close but it was evident that Cummins had no part of his foot behind the line. Instead of awarding a no-ball, the umpires stuck to their on-field decision much to the shock of the commentators. Check out the video of the incident right below:

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