Twitter Reactions: Tim Paine survives in a controversial run-out decision
The third umpire Paul Wilson decided to give the benefit of doubt to the batsman and Paine got away with this almost run-out.
Updated - Dec 26, 2020 10:53 am
Australia’s Test skipper Tim Paine is backed with massive luck on Day 1 of the ongoing highly-anticipated Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After surviving a close DRS review due to Umpire’s call, Paine managed to not get run-out as his counterpart Cameron Green had almost sold him down the river.
The toss went Australia skipper Paine’s way and he elected to bat first. The Indian pacers were at their usual best at MCG in the morning session as they went all guns blazing against feeble Australia’s batting line-up. Jasprit Bumrah gave the first breakthrough to the team as he scalped the wicket of opening batsman Joe Burns who was coming after scoring a half-century at SCG.
This was followed by Ravichandran Ashwin rattling the oppositions by picking two priced wickets including Matthew Wade and ICC’s number one ranked Test batsman, Steve Smith. In the 42nd over, Bumrah again returned in the attack to clean up Travis Head, who was playing at 38.
The third umpire gives Tim Paine a lifeline by giving a controversial call
The debutant Mohammed Siraj also looked in good touch as he named Marnus Labuschagne as his maiden international wicket in the purest format of the game. Siraj was also at the verge of scalping the wicket of opposition skipper Tim Paine, however, the DRS result came in the favour of the hosts as the third umpire declared it as Umpire’s call, who had originally given a not-out.
Paine got another lifeline in the 55th over as he was involved in a controversial run-out. After playing the delivery by Ashwin towards mid-off, Cameron Green ran to take a single, however, there was plenty of hesitation from Paine’s side but the batsman eventually decided to run. It was a close call as there was no significant proof of whether Tim managed to cross the line before the Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant uprooted the stumps.
The third umpire Paul Wilson decided to give the benefit of doubt to the batsman and Paine got away with this almost run-out. However, Twitter wasn’t pleased with this decision of the third umpire. Many cricket fans accused Paul of being biased with his call as there is a clear visual that the bat isn’t over the line when the bails were disturbed. However, the umpire gave his decision on the basis of another frame where there is an illusion of bat over the line.
Here are the best tweets
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 26, 2020
That was OUT.
Jason Holder was right. If players can be in a bio-bubble for soooo long….let umpires should be doing the same. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2020
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 26, 2020
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) December 26, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 26, 2020
#INDvsAUS why do Australians and cheating always synonymous!! According to the rules Paine is out because bat has to cross the line!! But I guess for Aussie blind umpire the rules are different for his countrymen! #shameful
— Bala (@Bmdsuccess) December 26, 2020
Just like with sledging, Australians decide where the line is.
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) December 26, 2020
— Kunal Wete (@wetekunal) December 26, 2020
Paine saved by the Aus Spirit of Cricket uncrossable line in that run out sequence#AUSvIND
— DurbanBarbadosAdelaide (@El_Chopernos) December 26, 2020
Tim paine was clearly out
What a fraud third umpire
— Joker जोकर (@saffronjoker) December 26, 2020
— Shiraj Sen (@shiraj_sen) December 26, 2020
oh come on….that was OUT!!! Tim paine
— Shay (@cricketing_monk) December 26, 2020
— Mahammad Khalid (@mahammadkhalid) December 26, 2020
Tim Paine was out. All the umpire had to do was use his common sense to know where the bat would have been in between the two frames. Shoddy stuff.
— Amol Joshi (@amalezishi) December 26, 2020
@ICC Idiotic decision by the third umpire. Paine was out. What is point of having technology?
— Sivai (@srikirtan) December 26, 2020
Tim Paine survives a run out by the thinnest of margins. A very debatable decision #AUSvIND
— Abhishek Lohia (@JuniorLohia) December 26, 2020
— Shane (@_Willo_) December 26, 2020
— Hriday Bhutada (@bhutada_hriday) December 26, 2020