Watch: Dawid Malan Missed Century by Trent Boult’s DRS Mind Game

In a cricket match between England and New Zealand, something quite interesting happened involving Trent Boult and Dawid Malan. They were discussing whether to use the Decision Review System (DRS) after a close call, and it led to a surprising twist.

The match had not been going well for England early on in the third One Day International (ODI) at the Oval. Two of their key players, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, were already back in the dressing room within just three overs. England needed a strong partnership to get back into the game, and that’s when Dawid Malan and captain Ben Stokes stepped up.

These two players put together an impressive partnership of 199 runs for the third wicket, which put England in a commanding position. They went from a precarious 13/2 to a much stronger position.

However, in the 31st over of the game, Trent Boult, who was bowling his second over of the spell, delivered a ball down the leg side. Malan attempted to flick it, but it seemed like the ball had not touched his bat and instead went into the wicketkeeper Tom Latham’s gloves. The umpire didn’t think there was a touch, so he called it a wide, and there was a big appeal from the New Zealand team.

As the players started discussing whether they should use the DRS to review the decision, Trent Boult did something unexpected. He walked over to Dawid Malan and asked him, “Did you hit it? I heard a nick.” Malan tried to keep a straight face and not reveal anything, but New Zealand decided to take the matter upstairs for a review.

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When Ultra Edge, a technology that shows if the ball touched the bat, appeared on the screen, it was clear for everyone to see – there was a spike indicating that the ball had indeed touched the bat. This meant that Boult not only got the crucial wicket but also prevented Malan from reaching his century by just four runs.

Twitter quickly reacted to this interesting turn of events, with many people praising Trent Boult for his clever use of DRS and his sportsmanship.

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