Controversial run-outs unjustified: Dhoni
Sydney: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has criticised the two run-out decisions that went against the team during the 10th match of the tri-series versus Australia here Sunday, involving Sachin Tendulkar and David Hussey.
India lost the match by 87 runs and now face an improbable task of making the finals. They need to win with a bonus point against Sri Lanka Tuesday and hope Australia beat the islanders in the final league match of the tournament.
The first controversial run-out took place in Australia's innings when Hussey was adjudged not out by umpire Billy Bowden after the Indians appealed for a run-out for obstructing the field as he was clearly seen handling the ball, violating the rules of the game. Hussey went on to make 54.
Tendulkar (14) was given out following a direct hit from David Warner with bowler Brett Lee coming in his way near the non-striker's end. Lee's obstructing did not look deliberate but Tendulkar was seen shaking his head in disbelief.
Dhoni said Lee had "no business" to come in Tendulkar's way.
I don't think we can justify the fact that Lee was going towards the point fielder. I don't think he had any business there. Then he stopped right in front of Sachin, which means you have to take a longer way, across him. That is my reading of that particular run-out," Dhoni told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.