Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Mirpur June 19, 2014

Batsmen benefit, even when doubt is minimal

Plays of the day from the third ODI between Bangladesh and India in Mirpur

The deer-in-headlights impression
Ambati Rayudu's form has been flighty. All the symptoms of it were evident in his six-ball stay, none more so than his dismissal. Rayudu prodded forward to a Taskin Ahmed delivery that was not in his half and that initial movement did him in. The ball jagged back off the seam, kissed his helplessly open face and lobbed into the keeper's gloves. Bangladesh celebrated with vigour and Rayudu watched them, flinging a look at the pitch as if he did not believe what had happened. It was Taskin's first ball of the match.

The three-way collision
An appeal for leg before was hurled at the umpire in the 11th over, but Suresh Raina who knew he had inside edged the ball was busy discerning if his partner Cheteshwar Pujara was interested a run. He was. The ball had not gone off the strip and Mahmudullah had to cover a bit of ground from the off-side ring. Both the fielder and Pujara reached the vicinity of the stumps at nearly the same time and Mahmudullah was the one who blinked first. He could not collect the ball cleanly, which ensured Pujara was safe, though his bat had scuttled out of his hands and was cartwheeling as he dived to make his ground.

The umpire's call
There were 18 overs of pace before Bangladesh opted for plan B, if Shakib Al Hasan can be called that. Under normal circumstances, he would have bowled a lot more than 8.3 overs in the previous two ODIs, but the pitch and weather in Mirpur encouraged bounce and movement for the quicks. Shakib may not have minded the lesser workload, but that didn't mean he appreciated being denied a wicket. One of his sliders zipped through to hit Cheteshwar Pujara adjacent with off stump but umpire Enamul Haque disagreed. Shakib's appeal went from buoyant to pleading to angry, but he managed to channel his aggression to become the top wicket-taker on a day the seamers called the shots.

The reprieves
On-field umpires are prone to judgment calls, but the third umpire has greater resources to reach a conclusive verdict. Anisur Rahman's first tough decision came when Nasir Hossain dived forward at slip to pluck a low catch off the outside edge of Stuart Binny. The fielder, however, displayed no excitement and rather belatedly signalled for the third umpire's intervention. Replays tempted one to think Nasir had his fingers under the ball, but the benefit of the doubt was handed to the batsman. The process was repeated when Umesh Yadav lunged at his first ball and his toe seemed to be on the line when the keeper stumped him. This time the umpire's decision to hit the green light was less defensible.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RAJARAMAN on June 20, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    @ToTellUTheTruth ... When SL can draw against Eng, India can do better than that ... If SL manage a win, then the scoreline for India will definitely have 2 wins ... But, no 5-0 this time for sure

  • RAJARAMAN on June 20, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian ... Dravid has limited strokes? Well not at all true for a man with more than 20,000 runs under his belt ... his not-so-bright record in ODIs was due to the mind-set suited to test-cricket .... he later revelled in T20 format in IPL

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    @India_boy & manishleo ....................Dravid & Pujara r very fine test crickets & Dravid was at par with anyone in test but ODI is a different format & different skills r valued in it............................Dravid had innumerable innings where required rate kept rising & he couldn't keep up with it at all. Other batsmen in the process had to slog & got out ...............finally Dravid would try slog when target would have been out of reach & get out immediately. Boycott was a g8 test player & so was Langer but not given much opportunity in limited over....WHY??....Bcz of limited range of strokes..............Dravid's and Pujara's had the problem of limited timing

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Dravid kept wickets bcz he didn't merit his place in ODI side as batsman alone.

  • Manesh on June 20, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @banglafan. No need to worry. A different set of batsmen going to England. Only few from this team included in that. Why donot you worry about BD who are not able to win last 10 games even at home?

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    @banglafan: 8 of the main team playesr were not in the side.... this was a 2nd string team... so no conclusions can be made about the england tour from this....

  • fazle on June 20, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    This is a serious wake-up call for the Indian batsmen. In two instances they failed miserably against the moving ball. BCCI should look into the matter very very seriously. I fear the worst for the Indian team in England this summer.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    @ British_North_America .........A bad workman always curses his tools.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Pujara has not done much on this tour and I think he goes down the list. Time to try Jadhav and other batsmen to have a shot at the one day slot. I dont believe Robin has done much to -one inning on a dead pitch is not a sign that he needs to be included in the main team. As for Rayadu he is on thin ice and mostly likely to be dropped with another poor performance

  • Mohit on June 19, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    @ahmed uetian...I can only say one thing after reading your comment. You have absolutely no idea about cricket and watch it so that you can be accepted in your friend circle. There is no other reason anyone would belittle RD's contribution to Indian ODI cricket, which sometimes even surpassed that of record chaser SRT's. You are the kind of people who want Rohit Sharma in the team despite 130 flops , sloggers like Murali vijay and the likes, but won't know the value of a technician like Pujara and Dravid. In a team of sloggers like India has become now, the value of Pujara and Rahane can not be overstated. Please grow up and stop watching cricket unless you have the technical acumen. cricinfo pls publish

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