Bangladesh save their review as umpire Marais Erasmus prevents skipper Mortaza from going for the DRS vs India at Edgbaston, Birmingham
During the 40th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston, the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus came to the rescue of Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza in saving the lone DRS that each team get in the ongoing World Cup.
To clear the fog of confusion, it all happened on the fourth ball of the 36th over. Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar bowled a full delivery at the stumps to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli, nonchalantly flicked the ball towards the square-leg region.
Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim from behind the stumps felt that the ball hit the pad first before the deflect came off the bat. Perhaps taken aback from the emotional appeal from the experienced wicket-keeper, Sarkar too felt it might be close despite having a clearer view than Mushfiqur.
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Umpire comes to the rescue
During the entire confusion, Kohli had scampered back for the second run. But, Mashrafe Mortaza still signalled the T-sign towards the umpire as an indication to go for the review.
But, umpire Erasmus was quick to deny him the same as the 15-second clock had already ticked-off. Erasmus’ decision actually came as a blessing in disguise for Mortaza as the replays clearly suggested that it actually hit Kohli’s bat and the ball in fact had no contact with the pad at all.
Thus, the umpire in an indirect manner subtly helped Bangladesh in saving their lone review.
Mentioning about the match in-progress, Bangladesh at the moment are all but Out, as their best bet with the bat- Shakib al Hasan headed back to the pavilion after a well made 66 off 74 deliveries, courtesy an excellent slower delivery bowled by Hardik Pandya.
Bangladesh still need another 135 runs in 93 deliveries, but have only 4 wickets in the bank. Hardik Pandya has been the pick of the bowlers for India having picked up 3 crucial wickets in 8 overs so far.
WATCH: Bangladesh save their review as umpire prevents skipper Mortaza from going for the DRS