The eighth season of the Big Bash League 2018-19 started on a controversial note when the third umpire Greg Davidson gave the run-out decision as out. James Pattinson had made his way back into the crease with a diving effort. However, the third umpire gave the decision in favour of the fielding side. Subsequently, Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn had a discussion with the official.
Consequently, the third umpire was forced to change his decision after it was clear that Pattinson has made his ground. Thus, it was a controversial decision from the third umpire. Pattinson then came back to the ground to resume his innings.
Third Umpire makes a blunder.
The eighth season of the Big Bash League started with Brisbane Heat hosting the defending champions Adelaide Strikers. Adelaide Strikers captain Colin Ingram won the bat flip and decided to bowl first. The hosts were able to keep a tight lid on the proceedings as they kept chipping in with wickets at regular intervals.
Brendon McCullum start the innings on a high when he smashed Billy Stanlake over the square boundary on the first ball of the season. However, the talisman batsman charged down the wicket and gave a skier to Strikers wicketkeeper Alex Carey, on the second ball.
Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn came out all guns blazing as he hit the ground running from the word go. However, Lynn perished in an attempt to keep up the impetus. Subsequently, Heat lost another wicket when Joe Burns could not time the pull shot.
Adelaide Strikers premier spinner Rashid Khan who was the leading wicket-taker in the previous season scalped three wickets and gave away only 19 runs in his four-over quota. However, the last wicket partnership of 45 runs between Jimmy Peirson and Mujeeb Rahman was able to take Heat to a competitive total of 146 runs.
Here is the controversial decision of the third umpire.