Match 22 of the Women's Big Bash League 2023 between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades witnessed a bit of drama. Renegades batter Harmanpreet Kaur lost her cool after Scorchers captain Sophie Devine bowled before she was ready. There were some exchanges between the two after the on-field umpire took some time to judge that delivery.
The minor controversial incident was in the 16th over of the first innings. Renegades Women won the toss and opted to bat at the W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth. Spinner Alana King provided an early breakthrough for Scorchers with the wicket of opener Tammy Beaumont off the second delivery. Courtney Webb also departed inside the powerplay without making much impact.
However, captain Hayley Matthews and Indian women's team skipper Kaur put on a crucial partnership for the third wicket to bring them back into the game. The Windies all-rounder departed after making 31 off 24 but Kaur continued his attack at one end. She had the perfect partner of Australia's Georgia Wareham as the duo put the Renegades in the driver's seat with a 70-plus partnership.
As the two looked set to take the game away from Scorchers, Devine got into a heated argument with Kaur. The New Zealand all-rounder bowled the final ball of the 16th over before Kaur was getting ready to face. The batter decided to pull out and waited for the umpire to call it a dead delivery. Meanwhile, Devine was adamant that the over should be declared as complete and this resulted in an altercation between them.
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However, after consulting with the third umpire, the delivery was called dead and Devine was asked to bowl again. Commentators too were initially confused as to what transpired between Kaur and Devine. They asked Scorchers wicketkeeper Beth Mooney about the situation and she said that the Indian skipper does scare her a bit.
"There's a bit of argy-bargy going on between Harmanpreet (Kaur) and Soph (Devine), and I'm actually not sure who would win that battle because Harmanpreet scares me a little bit," Mooney said.
Devine and Mooney's half-century led Scorchers to an easy win
Kaur's 52 off 49 balls and Wareham's quick-fire 25-ball 44 helped them to post a competitive total of 171-6. However, in reply, Scorchers chased down the target in 17.2 overs with the loss of four wickets. They lost a couple of wickets in the powerplay, but Mooney and Devine set the tone with a brilliant partnership. Both scored half-centuries as Scorchers overcame the target with ease.