Watch: Umpire Chris Gaffaney raises his finger half way and pulls off
Updated - Mar 19, 2017 1:23 pm
Action continued in the India vs Australia third Test on the 4th day as Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha defied the Australian bowlers with resilience and immense determination. In the 10th over of the day, the 140th of the inning, Josh Hazlewood had a close call against Pujara. The Aussies appealed for a caught behind, the umpire Chris Gaffaney was raising his finger and half-way though pulled it back.
It was a good bouncer from Hazlewood who was looking to exploit Pujara’s weakness against the short ball, the one clink in his rather unbreachable armour. He attempted the hook shot but was not there and the ball missed the top edge of the bat. The Australians went up but wasn’t a really pressing shout meanwhile umpire Gaffaney was quite ready to give him out but he realized there was no real strength in the appeal which suggested they weren’t sure either.
He had his finger raised almost in the decisive position but decided against it and rather scratched his head. Replays confirmed that there was no edge there the Australians didn’t challenge the call with a DRS and in the end, the right decision was made.
This was a pretty similar incident to what happened in the Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Test which is underway in Sri Lanka. Mosadek Hossain was the bowler and Sri Lanka’s last man Suranga Lakmal was caught by Sabbir Rahman at short leg. They appealed for a catch on the last ball of the session, umpire Aleem Dar saw Lakmal walking and so nodded his head.
But he soon realised that the batsman wasn’t walking because he was out but since the session had ended. As the Bangladesh fielders appealed he changed his stance and gave it not out, the decision was referred upstairs with the visitors using their review but it stayed not out as there was no edge.
Watch the video of umpire Gaffaney’s decision here:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 19, 2017
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