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April 19, 2012
Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist has raised doubts over Shaun Marsh's dismissal during their eight-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, saying that he was not convinced the ball carried through to the wicketkeeper.
Marsh was controversially dismissed in the 14th over, when his edge off a Brett Lee delivery was taken low by wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla. The on-field umpire then ruled him out, even though TV replays suggested there was a doubt. Kings XI relied on Marsh to give them momentum, after Gilchrist pulled a hamstring in the 11th over while completing a quick single. Until Gilchrist's departure, Kings XI were going along at 7.50 but post-Gilchrist, it had declined to 5.93.
"I am not convinced it was out, but I think there's a huge element of doubt there," Gilchrist said. "Shaun asked the wicketkeeper, which I must say is the way I like to play the game, you ask the fielder and the wicketkeeper told him 'yes I caught it', so Shaun walked off."
Following the dismissal, Gilchrist stepped in to quash a debate between the team owner Preity Zinta and match officials. "I saw her on the sidelines and all I said was 'let me handle this' and she responded and sat down." Gilchrist said.
After the match, Knight Riders medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia said that Gilchrist's injury and Marsh's dismissal helped them restrict Kings XI to 124. "Bisla never said that he took the catch. He said that 'I think I took the catch'. If the umpires would have given it to the third umpire then the decision would have been different. That really helped us, to be honest," Bhatia said.
Having lost three matches and won two in the IPL, Gilchrist said that consistency is important to succeed in the tournament. "We all need to contribute as there's a full batting line-up there. It's up to all of us to get the runs. We've been inconsistent and that's an area where we can improve."
Gilchrist also said he was concerned about the security of players after an intruder ran on to the field during the match.
"There's always concerns when you get pitch invasions in any sports," Gilchrist said. "We've seen historically there've been some terrible things happening. When someone runs on like that and runs towards players, we can never be too sure what's going to happen. It is a concern and no doubt the ground authorities will try and improve on security and ensure it doesn't happen again."
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