India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day

Warner c Merv Hughes b Ashwin

Plays of the Day from the third day of the second Test between India and Australia in Hyderabad.

Brydon Coverdale

March 4, 2013

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James Pattinson had Sachin Tendulkar caught behind for 7, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day, March 4, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed by James Pattinson after confirmation from a non-DRS review © BCCI
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Mystery review of the day
Every day of this non-DRS Test has provided an umpire review of a catch. But none was as baffling as the one that ended Sachin Tendulkar's innings on seven. James Pattinson bowled down the leg side and appealed confidently for a caught-behind. The standing umpire Marais Erasmus appeared at first to rule it not out. After further enquiry from Pattinson, Erasmus seemed to have a change of heart. He consulted the square-leg umpire and sent the decision upstairs. Under ICC playing conditions, Erasmus could only do this to check that the catch carried, meaning he was convinced Tendulkar had edged the ball, despite him initially appearing to make a not-out judgment. The third umpire checked the replay and confirmed that the ball had carried to Matthew Wade, but also spent a long while looking at ball passing bat. It appeared Tendulkar had edged the ball - later backed up by Snicko, which the umpires cannot use - and he was given out. The right decision was made, but it felt like the umpires had exploited a loophole in the system to reach it.

On-field catch of the day
Ed Cowan hasn't taken everything that has come his way in this series but he snaffled a ripping catch at backward short-leg to get rid of Virat Kohli. Glenn Maxwell got one to dip and turn and Kohli came at him, trying to clip the ball towards leg. It looked set to fly past Cowan until he thrust his left hand out and snared a terrific catch that brought Maxwell his fourth wicket and Australia their ninth.

Off-field catch of the day
When David Warner came down the wicket to R Ashwin and lofted him over long-on, it was always going to be a crowd catch for somebody. But who should be in position to take it? None other than Merv Hughes, the former fast bowler and a national selector until 2010, who is in India leading an Australian tour group. Hughes took the catch easily and lobbed it back onto the field. The TV cameras soon returned to Hughes and his Test tally of 23 catches flashed up on the screen. It didn't tick over to 24.

Three of the day
In an innings of 503 it seems remarkable that that there would be only one occasion when the batsmen ran through for three off the bat. But while the Indians scored 106 singles, 38 twos, 69 fours and four sixes, the only three came when MS Dhoni flicked the ball wide of square leg off the bowling of Peter Siddle.

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Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

@popcorn on (March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT) May b u shud check PLAYS feature for previous days.

Posted by pun_eat on (March 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Decisions going India's way. I guess people need to wake up and watch matches carefully. Its pretty balanced. And DRS can also go wrong as was the case in kallis's dismissal some days ago. If there is a margin for error let it be umpires.Also they should have clarity of rules and for what are they going upstairs. Third umpire's role should be limited to clear doubt of on-field umpire whatever it is and not correcting the decision. This way they should go upstairs for an lbw decision as well.

Posted by popcorn on (March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Why so much talk about the Review? Because it affected India's favourite Tendulkar? Surprising they did not mention anything about the Review made by the Umpire for Henriques.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

There's really no great mystery about why the BCCI are so implacably opposed to DRS. It has nothing whatsoever to do with their putative distrust of the technology involved & everything to do with the fact that they're fully aware that every umpire on the ICC's elite panel knows that if they happen to fall out of favour with the BCCI - as both Steve Bucknor & Daryl Harper did - they can kiss goodbye to their umpiring careers as well as their lucrative IPL contracts.

Allied to the pressure exerted by zealous appealing & the baying home crowds, the result is that almost every marginal decision in a home Test, ODI or T20I goes India's way. This has now reached such farcical proportions that it's a safe bet that India start each home Test with a four or five-wicket advantage over their opponents. Had DRS been in place during their most recent home series against the West Indies & New Zealand, India would have lost the former 2-1 & drawn the latter 1-1.

Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

@ Abhishek.2626 on (March 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT). Firstly, Guys shud understand that DRS and Technologies(Hotspot/Hawkeye/Snicko) are different. DRS can still exist even without these technologies. BCCI stand is very clear. They are not willing to invest in some technology(read Hotspot/Hawkeye not DRS) unless it is 100%. Why would some1 buy some million dollar technology when simple slow-mos can be more effective than that - like SRT incident??. Again, I am not a advocate of BCCI and neither I do support thm in all cases. Bt, regarding this DRS fiasco, I am with BCCI stand. I am under assumption that BCCI is not against DRS bt only against half baked technologies. The reason behind that assumption is BCCI's readiness to use DRS(w/o Hawkeye) in ENG tour. I am pretty much sure that if Hotspot had proved good in that tour, BCCI wud hv continued to use it. Bt we all know wt happened. So, stop bashing BCCI in this issue and try to come up with real solution.

Posted by karthik_raja on (March 5, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney on (March 5, 2013, 2:41 GMT). Good question. In that case, third umpire shud volunteer himself to the scene.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 5, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

@xylo on (March 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT), and what about when the umpires aren't in doubt but they still get it wrong?

Posted by peter.suen on (March 4, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

I am surprised you didn't mention what Allan Border has to say about Merv's catch. "That is the miracle of Hyderabad", "Must be his first international catch", "If he was wearing white he would be the sightscreen"

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