An unusual array of blunders occured in the third day of the first test of India’s tour to Sri Lanka as three clear dismissals were denied by the on and off field umpires.
The first stinct was when Dinesh Chandimal was to face R Ashwin in the 27th over. A thick nick of Chandimal’s bat and the following catch at backward short leg made Indian side appeal hard but just to get dejected by the umpire Nigel Long.
The next misfortune happened to Amit Mishra as his delivery successfully made Lahiru Thirimanne to put a detectable inside edge before steering it to the silly point hands. But this time also, the Lankan side was favoured by the umpire.
India’s pain did not end here as the same thing happen once again. In the last over before lunch it was Chandimal who had attempted a drive but failed as it hit the silly point fielder’s boot and was caught. The on field umpire’s referal to the third umpire also proved dissapointing for the men in blue as he was declared not-out.
While cricket is said to be a game of uncertainities and just one mistaken decision holds the chance of changing an entire game, how will India overcome the situation is the next thing to see. Kohli and company seemed naturally unhappy as the batsmen in discussion, Thirimanne and Chandimal went on to build a partnership of 125 off 150 balls after a feeble looking Sri Lanka batting, while Chandimal alone scored 162.
Looking at these incidents, why BCCI is still ignorant about taking the facility of DRS is on question now.
At the end of day three, India is batting at 23-1, with Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma on the crease.
This is how Twitter reacted to the incident:
The DRS question will be again asked of the BCCI, but it shouldn’t absolve umpires of some poor decision-making in this Test. #INDvSL
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) August 14, 2015
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 14, 2015