Irish skipper furious at Wilson lbw decision

Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 12:12 [IST]
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Mohali, March 11: In what has stirred up another controversy concerning the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), Ireland captain William Porterfield has slammed umpire Ashoka de Silva's decision to give Irish middle-order batsman out lbw. The umpire stuck to his stand even as replays showed that Wilson was offering a shot to a delivery from West Indies captain Darren Sammy that had hit him outside the line of off-stump.

Irish skipper furious at Wilson lbw

"I am still trying to understand it myself. The feedback we have got so far is that the ball hit him outside the line and the umpire judged him not playing a shot. I don't know how many people agree with that," Porterfield said in the wake of Ireland's 44-run defeat against West Indies.

The ball under scrutiny pitched outside off and cut back in to brush the outside of Wilson's front pad. Wilson was trying to nudge a shot, but missed it while the umpire who thought he was offering no shot, gave him out lbw. The umpires concurred that the ball, according to the Hawkeye, would have gon to clip the off-stump, but ignored t6he fact that Wilson was offering a shot. Frustrated and confused, Wilson asked the umpire to refer the refferal which he did. But de Silva ultimately stuck to his stand and Wilson walked off in a huff.

"If you see the replay on the big screen he could have still been able to reverse his decision from there. It was clearly seen he was playing the shot. (And) even though he [de Silva] judged that (wrongly) in the first place he saw the replays on the big screen," Porterfield said. "Surely if you are asking if it was pad first or bat first, you know he is playing a shot. In my opinion they got it wrong."

Porterfield conceded that Wilson's wicket was a pivotal point in Ireland's chase. Wilson had showed a cool temperament in the company of Ed Joyce, sharing in a vital 91-run stand for the fourth wicket. After Joyce departed Wilson took the onus on him and was playing fluently. Ireland needed 77 from 51 balls and the batting Powerplay was yet to be taken when Wilson was ruled out for 61 off 62 balls.

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