India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 1st day February 22, 2013

An edge the umpire missed

Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between India and Australia in Chennai

Edge of the day
Test matches can turn on moments like this. Shortly before tea, when Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques were rebuilding Australia's innings, R Ashwin should have had his sixth wicket when Clarke, on 39, pushed forward and inside-edged onto his leg and up to the fielder at bat-pad. Vociferous appeals from the Indians were unable to sway the ICC's Umpire of the Year Kumar Dharmasena, who ruled not out as Clarke nonchalantly re-marked his guard and settled in for a longer stay. With no DRS in place, there was nothing India could do about the decision, which saved Australia from becoming 206 for 6.

Drop of the day
India could consider themselves unlucky not to have had Clarke, but they had nobody to blame but themselves earlier in the day for allowing David Warner a life. On 18, Warner was beaten in flight by Ashwin and his edge sailed towards Virender Sehwag at slip. But Sehwag's reflexes deserted him and he didn't manage to get his hands in the right position, spilling the chance and giving Warner what proved to be a somewhat costly reprieve. Warner went on to make 59.

Unexpected six of the day
If a market had been framed for the first Australian to hit a six in this Test series, Ed Cowan might have been the ninth or tenth favourite. In a two-way market between Cowan and his opening partner Warner, Cowan would have still been a massive long-shot. So it was quite a surprise to see that when a batsman advanced to Harbhajan Singh and lofted the ball cleanly over the long-off boundary early in the day's play, it was not Warner but Cowan who had taken the risk. Unfortunately for Cowan, a second attempt at a similar stroke off Ashwin brought about his downfall.

Caps of the day
On a pitch that was clearly going to favour the spinners, it was interesting that both teams named medium-pacers to make their Test debuts. Moises Henriques became the second Portugal-born Test cricketer after the South African Dick Westcott and received his baggy green from Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicketkeeper and current assistant coach. Bhuvneshwar Kumar collected his cap from his team-mate and the only other seamer in the Indian outfit, Ishant Sharma.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    If any player is wrongly given out by the umpire, he is supposed to walk silently. similarly it is true other way around. In long run it gets balanced in one's career as he may get decisions in both ways.

  • PASindu_M_bandara on February 23, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    drop of the day was by far the worst nightmare for indian fans

  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    ICC should give the licence to the fielders and captains for 3rd umpire review directly against the field umpires whenever there is a wrong decision and same also for a batsman. Another point of view it is australia spirit that clarke had not left the field.if it is sachin he must left the crease whether India wins or not.lack of spirit in Aussies.

  • Sooryan_Indian on February 23, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    i feel that a gentleman is not captaining the aussies in a gentleman's game. no great player will show such a pathetic behaviour when he clearly know that he is out. behaviours like this calssifies a good player and a great player. gilchrist, sachin, hussey etc are some that i can think of who never behaved or acted like this after getting out... DRS, BCCI, ICC are all in discussion for obvious reasons because they couldn't provide a permanat and easier solution.

  • Paceman49 on February 23, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    All of these conversations could be avoided if cricketers were more honest.They appeal for almost ever situation that an out could be given.they must surely know the rules of getting out. eg You cannot be caught off your hip.It was good to FAF walk before the umpire gave him out.Zimbawbe batsman also walked before the umpire raised his finger.Clarke stayed and re-marked his guard.LBW decisions you have to wait for.

  • swamistyle on February 23, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    If only there was some sort of SYSTEM in place where modern technology could help the umpire REVIEW a DECISION? We could call the system SRD or even DRS? And then that way howlers made by bad umpiring could be eliminated? Maybe some of the bloggers on this page, especially some of the geniuses from India, could think up such a system? To help, I believe they could look at some countries outside of India (it's true, some do exist!) that might have already thought up such a system? I am only thinking of India's best interests, of course, as I would hate to see another Sydneygate. Imagine Tendulkar wrongly given out because of "the glorious uncertainties of cricket umpiring". That would be a crying shame. If only there was such a system.....

  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    @Mr_Ronan, did you watch the match or what? Both Watson and Henriques were plumb LBW. The only bad decision today was Clarke's. Hopefully India will have their share of luck when they bat.

  • aewahid on February 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    India deserves every bad call they get, given the BCCI's unilateral position on the DRS. But at the end of the day, count em up, and I'd be willing to bet, India more than breaks even with the game-changing calls going in their favor.

  • dummy4fb on February 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Lets not give teams unlimited reviews, otherwise every time a bowler thinks they could have the batsmen out, they will review it, likewise, everything the batsmen thinks he may escape being out, they'll review it .... and you'll end up having double, triple, the reviews you have now. With regards to Clarke not walking, every batsmen is in their right to wait for the umpires decision before leaving the crease. I remembered once when Gilly walked and it was later revealed that he actually wasn't out. Can the Indian supporters here saying Clarke should have walked, say with 100% accuracy that any of their players would have walked if they knew they were out.

  • UJ_Sydney on February 22, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I agree with other comments that technology MUST be used in cricket. Its being used in so many sports, like Rugby, Tennis, etc. And, of course, DRS is used in Australia for a long time and with excellent results. If cost is an issue that's another issue - something I am sure can be resolved in this multi-million dollar industry that is cricket. As lovers of this sport we all want to see correct decisions are made and that is paramount.

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