That the teams are still struggling to get used to the decision review System has become quite evident after watching New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson taking a bizarre review against Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali during the recently concluded series.
Chasing an improbable target of 368, Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam made a cautious start. Their ploy of presenting a dead bat to almost every delivery frustrated the Kiwi skipper and in a desperate attempt to get a much-needed breakthrough, he reviewed a decision that was nothing short of a shocker.
In the 22nd over of the innings, New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry bowled a short delivery to Azhar Ali. The Pakistan skipper did not try to play any shot as he arched his back to let the ball go to the wicketkeeper. It was quite clear that the ball had passed the batsman without any contact with the bat or the gloves. In fact, there was a good gap between the bat and the ball. However, Williamson left everyone baffled when he reviewed the decision. As expected, the replays showed that it hit the chest of Azhar on its way to the wicketkeeper. Even the commentators had to admit that Williamson’s decision to review the decision was a shocker.
Few overs later, an incident happened that every team would like to learn from. As per the rules, a team is allowed to review the umpire’s decision within 15 seconds after the ball is declared dead. However, Williamson’s review for an LBW against Sami Aslam was timed out as he took 18 seconds to take the decision.
Here is a video of those incidents:
Meanwhile, the poor decisions did not prove costly for the Kiwis as they beat Pakistan by 138 runs.
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