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Canada v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Delhi

Mixed day for DRS

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the clash of the minnows in Delhi

Nagraj Gollapudi in Delhi

March 7, 2011

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Ruvindu Gunasekera is stumped in bizarre fashion by Maurice Ouma, Canada v Kenya, Group A, World Cup, Delhi, March 7, 2011
Maurice Ouma had two chances to complete his stumping of Ruvindu Gunasekera © AFP
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Players/Officials: Morris Ouma | Rizwan Cheema | Steve Tikolo
Series/Tournaments: ICC Cricket World Cup
Teams: Canada | Kenya

The error
Only Hot Spot could have saved Steve Tikolo. And the ICC's reluctance to deploy the technology cost the Kenyan dearly. Trying to defend a delivery from Rizwan Cheema that cut in, Tikolo played forward and was beaten. It seemed like the ball had taken a faint edge before hitting the front pad in line with the middle stump. Tikolo asked for a review. Even though Hawk Eye confirmed the path of the delivery was hitting the middle stump, but what could not be established was the inside edge. The ICC can say that the DRS has improved the decision making of the umpires considerably, but without all the technology glaring errors still make their way through.

The reprieve
Interestingly, one man who managed to avoid suffering injustice in a similar situation was Cheema. Thomas Odoyo earned an lbw as Billy Doctrove gave the decision against him but Cheema was quick to call in the DRS. A minute later the third umpire over-ruled the decision, having observed a thick inside edge that Doctrove had missed.

The 'oh-yes-oh-no' moment
The next ball Cheema failed to read the slower delivery from Obuya and went for glory. David Obuya, standing at mid-off, charged confidently to his right to get under the skier. For a moment everyone thought he had it right until suddenly Obuya realised he had not read the track of the ball and turned abruptly in the opposite direction. By then it was too late. The 5,500-strong crowd, who had come to the Kotla despite the host nation not being involved, enjoyed a brief chuckle.

Take two
James Ngoche delivered his first ball of the World Cup. It slipped down behind the legs of Ruvindu Gunasekera, who lunged forward to flick it but fumbled and missed the ball. Maurice Ouma, the Kenya wicketkeeper quickly picked ball, tried flicking the bails swiftly, missed it, kept his smile intact and ripped the bails off a fraction before the batsman dragged his feet to regain the lost ground. Replays confirmed Ouma was the winner. Ngoche was all smiles for getting his maiden World Cup wicket off his first ball. He could have doubled the tally had Seren Waters not shelled a straight drive from Jimmy Hansra at mid-off. Jonty Rhodes, Kenya's fielding consultant at the outset of the World Cup, would have winced at mistake if he was watching.

Poster of the day
"We don't care as long as India wins."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 12 
Posted by   on (March 8, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

'Only HotSpot could have saved Steve Tikolo' ...ermm no, Snicko could have as well, why isn't that being used in the absence of HotSpot?

Posted by Sussie on (March 8, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

"Only Hot Spot could have saved Steve Tikolo. And the ICC's reluctance to deploy the technology cost the Kenyan dearly" - It's not the ICC's fault that the Aussie government will no issue permits for a technology that is commercially and security sensitive.

Posted by wildbill85 on (March 8, 2011, 1:45 GMT)

I'm always up for bashing the ICC, LOL, but the lack of hotspot and snicko are not their fault this time around. The company that owns both those technologies didn't want to send it to the subcontinent, PERIOD. You can't blame the ICC for that, you CAN blame the owners of the tech however AND hope for some controversial caught behinds going against the aussies (since the tech is Australian) to induce some pressure on them to change their minds.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 8, 2011, 0:28 GMT)

@andy exactly.... what many people can not fail to realize is that UDRS actually reduces the amount of error... no system will be 100%, but UDRS is pretty close to that (if snicko was introduced). I can see no reason why anybody would not want to play with UDRS unless they use "pressuring umpire to give wrong decision" as a tactic to win, but that is just plain wrong.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

What happened to Batsmen receives benefit of the doubt? Any doubt should be not out

Posted by Skylight28 on (March 7, 2011, 23:27 GMT)

"Only Hot Spot could have saved Steve Tikolo. And the ICC's reluctance to deploy the technology cost the Kenyan dearly." - WRONG! Its not the "ICC's reluctance to deploy the technology" but rather the unwillingness of the hot spot technology camera manufacturer to supply these cameras for the world cup. You need not look beyond Cricinfo to get the real story: http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/499653.html

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 7, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

It's easy being selective in reporting and trying to highlight every minutiae fault of the UDRS even without HotSpot and Snicko. The reality is go take a look at all the calls the UDRS has to had to make. If it doesn't have a success rate of above 90%, even with a couple of dodgy calls, I'm a camels uncle. At the end of the day, that is all that matters. The Indian media's disdain for UDRS is becoming almost comical now. It's one thing to stick up for your players and officials, it's a completely separate thing to tow the BCCI line.

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (March 7, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

@sifter132, Its not just your eye, no one's eye can catch feather edges no matter howmany times you replay the video. That is the reason why we have Hotspot or Snicko. If you are a pro-tech how can you conveniently neglect the fact that Hotspot could indeed have picked up an edge (if there was one) and resulted in a fairer decision? DRS is the future for sure but not with handicapped technology.

Posted by imransarai on (March 7, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

we much have DRS, %age of success will increase with time.

Posted by sifter132 on (March 7, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

Well just to be argumentative- I don't buy that Tikolo's decision was an error. Seemed to be an inside edge, yes. But to my eye none of those replays showed that the edge came BEFORE the pad. That means that there wasn't enough proof to doubt Doctrove's call. Yes, perhaps HotSpot could have shown that the inside edge was fractionally before the pad impact, but that's taking a pretty 'pro-Tikolo, anti-DRS without HotSpot' stance IMHO.

And it's become pretty clear - having the DRS is just about the only thing that livens up these contests...

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