Opener Usman Khawaja’s maiden One-Day International century and incisive bowling helped Australia outplay India by 32 runs to stay alive in the five-match series on Friday.
Adam Zampa led the bowling charge with three wickets including the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, for 123, to help dismiss the hosts for 281 in 48.2 overs while chasing 314 in Ranchi. India lead the series 2-1.
Aaron Finch returned to form as he scored a brilliant 93 for Australia in the third ODI against India at Ranchi on Friday. His 193-run stand with Usman Khawaja for the first wicket proved to be the foundation for Australia’s 32-run win the match.
However, it was his lbw dismissal that raised many eyebrows on the accuracy of the ball-tracking system being used in the DRS and brings ball-tracking back in focus.
Finch was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav after being trapped in front of the wicket. Finch was going on the backfoot to play and in the 32nd over Yadav caught Finch on the backfoot and hit him on the pads. The umpire raised the finger after the appeal.
Finch reviewed the decision and the ball-tracking showed it to be crashing into middle and leg. However, the computer misjudged the pitching of the ball and showed a new area where it pitched.
It was clearly evident that the DRS miserably failed at spotting where the ball had pitched on this occasion. This is not the first time that the DRS has been thrown out for debate as it has affected so many controversial decisions in the past. Now, this incident has added another insult to the system.
In the video, it is clearly seen that computer misjudges pitching of the ball and rather shows a new point at which ball hits the pitch. The video has raised doubts over validity of the DRS system, which has become an important tool to overturn on-field umpire’s decision.
Although Aaron Finch seems to be out, the misjudgment of DRS system will rankle. Many people also took to social media to slam the faulty DRS system used in the match. Have a look at some of the tweets.
Here’s the video:
What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn’t it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019
Here’s how Twitterati reacts on it:
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) March 8, 2019
— Matthew Taylor (@MattyA_Taylor) March 8, 2019
— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) March 8, 2019