Ranji Trophy 2022-23 final: Bengal vs Saurashtra to have DRS for first time
Unadkat and Sakariya's 3-fers put Saurashtra in command against Bengal in Ranji Trophy final
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The 2022-23 Ranji Trophy final is being played with a full version of the Decision Review System (DRS). This is the first time, the full version of the DRS is used in the domestic first-class cricket championship. This will be a shift from the limited DRS which was used during the semi-final and final of the 2019-20 season. The ball-tracking and UltraEdge technologies were missing from the watered version, which are the two key elements of the review system used at international level.
Knowing about the DRS system in the final, Manoj Tiwary, the captain of one of the Ranji Trophy finalists, Bengal, stated that it was a good news. He said that it should be implemented in all the matches which have live telecast. He also mentioned that after playing all the league matches, they have seen many mistakes so far in this season. He added that the DRS will be a good opportunity for the players.
"It's good news that it's (DRS) being implemented in the final. I feel it should be there in all matches that are being telecast live. All teams come through the league stages, and we have seen many mistakes,” ESPNcricinfo was quoted as saying by the Bengal captain.
"It would be good if all live matches have DRS. But our focus is on the match. I hope we won't need any assistance from DRS and the field umpires will make the right decisions. But, yes, it will give an opportunity to the batters and bowlers,” he added.
In the 2022-23 season, Bengal have locked horns with Saurashtra in the final at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Earlier in the day, Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat won the toss and chose to bowl on the opening day of the final. The Tiwary-led side were bundled out for 174 in their first innings. Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya claimed three wickets each while Chirag Jani and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja got two each.
Courtesy of Shahbaz Ahmed and Abhishek Porel's gritty half centuries, Bengal recovered from a sudden collapse. Albeit, Saurashtra seem in total command with with 81/2 on the board. They trail by 93 runs at the moment.