Umpire referral system: India at the receiving end

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 18:17 [IST]
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Colombo: The much debated umpire referral system made its debut in Test cricket in the ensuing first Test between India-Lanka at the SSC in Colombo on Thursday.

The rival teams revoked the rule once. And both the reviews went against India. Warnapura and Dilshan were the beneficiaries.

The first ever referral to the third umpire in Test cricket went against India when skipper Anil Kumble's referral to review the decision was ruled against India.

Kumble asked for the review of an on-field umpire's decision after Mark Benson turned down a leg-before appeal against Malinda Warnapura off Harbhajan Singh. Kumble, using the right under new umpire referral system, sought the opinion of the third umpire, who upheld the decision of Benson.

Warnapura, who struck his second Test century, was on 86 when Harbhajan made a confident leg before appeal.

South African television umpire Rudi Koertzen after scrutinising the replay went with Benson's ruling.

This was for the first time that a decision other than stumping and run out was made with the help of the third umpire.

In the final session Lankan batsman Dilshan when on two requested for review after umpire Benson ruled him out caught behind. Third umpire ruled in favour of batsman who incidentally became the first man to have a decision over turned.

However the Snikometer had a different tale to tell. It suggested that Dilshan had edged the ball.

The hosts have all their three appeals intact while India have only two unsuccessful reviews in their kitty after they lost one in the first session.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced the referral system on an experimental basis for this Test series.

A batsman or fielding captain can now request a review of any decision by referring it to the third official monitoring television replays.


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