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A Plot Hole on DRS is Exposed by Team Australia

Australia might have done something controversial on Day 2 of 3rd BGT Test

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

INDIA: The wicketkeeper Alex Carey could frequently be seen removing the bails during the second day of Australia’s third Test match against India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as per former India player Parthiv Patel.

He added that Steve Smith also frequently appealed for a stump and this is a rule-related vulnerability, which the visitors in Indore well exploited.

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“During stumping calls, did you notice that the bails were revoked and that a request was made to have the catch reviewed as well? It’s not fair at all, is it? Your DRS evaluations are being preserved. How do you feel?” a user posted a query on Cricbuzz.

According to Parthiv Patel on Cricbuzz, “There is a void in the law. If the umpire requested assistance from the third umpire, the stumping appeal must go through the entire process. They will also check to determine if the batter has edged. He used the weakness because he is aware of it.”

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“There are two options for resolving this. One is that because the on-field umpire is so confident, he should refrain from going to the third umpire to confirm that the appeal is valid,” he added.

“If the appeal is filed exclusively for a stumping, the TV umpire should simply assess the stumping. A caught behind should not be scrutinised if the fielding captain chooses against a review. Just look for a caught behind or LBW appeal,” he concluded.

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Australia’s Day 2 innings got off to a strong start at 156/4, with Peter Handscomb (7*) and Cameron Green (6*) both remaining undefeated.

However, the bowling tandem of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/44) and pacer Umesh Yadav (3/12) brought to the match such a mixture of spin and pace that Australia lost the remaining six of their wickets in the space of 41 runs, bowling themselves out for 197.

With a deficit of 88 runs, India aimed to survive against Australian spinners and amass a significant score. Nathan Lyon, who claimed eight wickets for 64 runs, ultimately brought the home team’s batting order to its knees. A wicket each was also taken by Mitchell Starc and Matthew Kuhnemann.

Cheteshwar Pujara (59), the lone player who resisted Australia’s strategies, was the reason India was bowled out for 163 runs. The hosts left the field with a slim lead of 75 runs, giving Australia a target of 76 runs.

Ultimately, Australia chased it down comfortably and won the match, as the target was very low. They lost only one wicket in the process, and the series now stands at 2-1, giving Australia a chance to square off the series.

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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