Meghna Singh asked to remove her wristwatch after English batter's complaint, pacer replies with wicket in next over
An angry fast bowler is not a good sign for batters. Over the years, there have been few incidents where provoking a fast bowler has led to bad news for a batter. On September 18, in the first ODI of the three-ODI series, Indian pacer Meghna Singh was asked to take off her wristwatch as England batter Tammy Beaumont complained to the umpire that it distracted her.
In the next over, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami got the wicket of Beaumont. She could score just seven runs from 21 deliveries.
In her first spell, Meghna conceded 18 runs and picked up a wicket to push England on the back foot. In her second spell, Meghna went for eight runs. She was brought back into the attack in slog overs. In the last two overs, she conceded 14 runs as Charlotte Dean and Alice Davidson Richards went after the bowlers. At the end of first innings, she conceded 42 runs from eight overs.
Despite losing five wickets for 95 in 27 overs, England managed to post 227/7 at County Ground, Hove. Davidson remained unbeaten for 50 off 61 deliveries. Danielle Wyatt missed her half-century and got bowled by Deepti Sharma for 43 runs from 50 deliveries. Sophie Ecclestone (31) and Charlotte (24*) contributed with cameos as well.
In 1988 a similar incident took place during Benson & Hedges World Series when Australian batter Dean Jones made the mistake of riling up Curtly Ambrose. Jones had asked Ambrose to remove his white wristbands as it was distracting him.
What followed was carnage from Ambrose. While Jones wasn't dismissed by Ambrose, five of his teammates faced the menacing Caribbean pacer's wrath. He took five wickets for just 17 runs in 8.2 overs he bowlled. Chasing 237, Australia managed to reach 202 as they got all out in the 48th over.