Lee had no business obstructing Sachin Dhoni


Sydney: A major
controversy erupted in the tri-series match between India and Australia at
the SCG, with Sachin Tendulkar being dismissed in a debatable run out and
visiting captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashing out at pacer Brett Lee for
standing on the way of the batsman.

The action unfolded after the
final delivery of the seventh over bowled by Lee in India's run at the
venue of the infamous '2008 monkeygate scandal'.

Gautam Gambhir
called for a single to which Tendulkar responded only to be run out by
David Warner. Lee was seen standing in Tendulkar's way after running
across the pitch while the Indian was sprinting towards the crease.

threw his arms up in frustration when the ball hit the stumps, making it
clear that he wasn't happy with Lee blocking his way but umpires Simon
Taufel (at square leg) and Billy Bowden ruled against the batsman after
some deliberation.

Dhoni at the post-match press conference was
unsparing on Lee, saying the Australian pacer had no business to stand on
way of Tendulkar.

"I don't think that you can justify that Lee
was going towards the point fielder. I don't think he had real business to
go over there and to decide to stand just in front of Tendulkar. That
means he (Tendulkar) will have to take a longer way across. That is my
reading of that particular run out," Dhoni said.

"Tendulkar was
disappointed that he was given out despite the bowler (Lee) standing on
his way," he added.

Dhoni also took exception to the fact that
Simon Taufel took the decision to rule Tendulkar out though the other
on-field umpire Billy Bowden was nearer to the actual incident.

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