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Australia with the gold medal (Credits: Twitter)

The India vs Australia final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 lived up to the expectations. Both the teams produced yet another classic on the cricket field before Australia clinched the thriller by 9 runs to win a historic gold. The match went right down to the wire as Australia held their nerve to inflict yet another painful defeat in a final on Team India.

But even before the game began, a huge drama unfolded at Edgbaston, the venue for the final. In-form Australia allrounder Tahlia McGrath tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before the match. And while everyone was expecting her to miss the game as per the standard protocol, Australia left everyone utterly surprised by including her in the playing eleven.

India vs Australia 2022: Fans Accuse Australia Of Cheating After Their 'Shameless' Act As They Clinch Gold
Tahlia McGrath (Credits: Twitter)

The toss was delayed by about 12 minutes while discussions took place on McGrath’s availability before she got the green light to play the game. The allrounder was separated from her teammates, skipped the anthems before the match, and wore a mask while sitting away from the rest during the batting innings of her team. Later, she came out to bat but could not do much and was out for just 2.

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After that, she took the field once again when Australia came out to defend the total. Tahlia, however, failed to make a mark with the ball too. In the two overs that she bowled, she conceded 24 runs without taking any wicket.

Fans slam Australia for ‘shameless act’ in India vs Australia final:

Away from the cricket field, fans were not at all happy with Australia’s decision to play Tahlia McGrath despite her Covid-19 diagnosis. As soon as the news of her being in the playing eleven came out, the fans started slamming Australia and accused them of cheating in the final. The fans continued taking shots at Australia even after the game ended as they expressed their disappointment over Tahlia’s participation in the game.

Here are some of the reactions: