Daryl Mitchell lbw brings DRS back in the spotlight



Daryl Mitchell was non-plussed after a contentious lbw dismissal © Getty Images

For once, DRS was unable to prevent a contentious dismissal. In fact, it only added to the confusion during the second T20I between New Zealand and India.

Daryl Mitchell was given out lbw off Krunal Pandya despite HotSpot showing a clear mark as the ball passed the inside edge. And considering the replay of the whole thing was shown on the ground, there was open-mouthed surprise on both the batsman’s face and that of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was at the non-strikers’ end.

Krunal was bowling the final ball of the sixth over, a skidder that went on with the arm and past Mitchell’s flick to hit him on the pads. The on-field decision from umpire Chris Brown was out but it was challenged almost immediately. But the replays handed to the third umpire offered two differing perspectives. Snicko did not show a spike as the ball went past the bat, but HotSpot revealed a clear white mark on the inside edge. Ball-tracking also showed a deviation as ball passed bat.

Left to make the final call, TV umpire Shaun Haig upheld the original decision once the ball was shown to be on track to hitting the stumps.

Simon Doull, who was on commentary at the time, called it “absolutely ridiculous” and Mitchell, in fact, seemed to walk up to India captain Rohit Sharma, who was then seen speaking to the umpires.

The ICC rules indicate a fielding captain can withdraw an appeal if he gets the permission to do so from the umpire who made the decision, and the next ball of the game hasn’t been delivered yet.

A similar incident took place in the Big Bash League earlier this season when Brisbane Heat’s James Pattinson was given run-out despite replays showing his bat had been grounded and well past the crease. The opposition captain, Adelaide Strikers’ Colin Ingram, however, decided to call the batsman on that occasion.

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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