Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Colombo (SSC) April 1, 2017

Run out rule change in focus, again

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Sloppy running left Sri Lanka shortchanged © Associated Press

For the second time in three days, a batsman has been given out despite the bulk of his body having crossed the plane of the crease.

Dinesh Chandimal did initially ground his bat behind the crease as he sauntered in to complete a second run, in the 26th over, but he briefly raised it again as his body passed the line. His feet, however, did not touch the ground before the bails were dislodged.

Collecting a good throw from deep point, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim snapped the bails off and appealed - if without much conviction. The Bangladesh fielders had actually returned to their fielding positions while third umpire S Ravi reviewed the footage, but were ecstatic at having wangled an important wicket when the decision came through.

It was only on Thursday that Evin Lewis was run out in similar circumstances in at T20 against Pakistan in the Port-of-Spain. On that occasion, however, a collision had seen Lewis lose grip of his bat, and had contributed to his inability to ground some part of his body.

And the Chandimal run out was also the second such dismissal Bangladesh have effected this year, with Neil Wagner having been dismissed this way in a Test match in January. Wagner had also grounded his bat, then raised it before the stumps were broken.

The run out rule is about to change, however. From October, a batsman who has grounded his bat behind the crease before the bails are broken, cannot be given out even if the bat is later raised (provided it is clear the batsman is not attempting another run). Neither Wagner or Chandimal would have been out under that rule.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  •   cricfan14727827 on April 3, 2017, 0:01 GMT

    Finally common sense has prevailed after so may years!!!

  • Lal on April 2, 2017, 19:48 GMT

    3rd umpire Ravi made an excellent call. This rule is absolutely fair. Please, don't change it. Play is NOT dead even the batsman ground the bat (or leg) inside the crease and that is why a subsequent miss-field allows stealing another run. Then it is logically fair to stump while the batsman completely off-ground (in air) inside the crease disregard to batsman's clumsiness or hustling. Nevertheless, Mushi made the mistake by making the appeal rather than keeping Chandimal until 50 overs completed and set target ~220. Then BD top order could have played conservative approach against experienced, veteran SL bowling attack. If BD wants to steal/whitewash T20 series, let Chandimal, KM or Dhana to bat all 120 balls by purposely, dropping catches and miss-stumping. So far, lot of positives and very little negatives by both teams, excellent umpiring, good coaching job by SL for last two ODIs. Kudos! BOL for both SL & BD in T20!

  • lanksa0556878 on April 2, 2017, 14:30 GMT

    Total lack of commitment from Chandimal. He forgets that he is playing cricket for his country and acts as if he is taking a stroll in a park. Funny part is that he is complaining our team doesn't have experienced player forgetting he is one of most senior players in the team. It is not that the team doesn't have experienced players but they are not willing to take the responsibilities. He himself watches by when edges pass him expecting 1st slip to take the catch.

  • Sanjay on April 2, 2017, 12:17 GMT

    @dues: Sachin was again the victim way back in '99 against Pak at Eden. That particular dismissal was a disgrace with West Indian Cammie Smith a referee in name only. And while this article was being filed, a West Indian batsman was knocked aside in the ongoing T20 series against Pak. OK, I should have said Pak rather than Asian :)

    I remember another collision off the top of my head going way back to 1982 when India toured Eng, I recall Ghulam Parkar (a brilliant fielder) and an England player in a hit but there was no run-out. However, there's a fantastic pic somewhere, I have to now spend the rest of the afternoon looking for it.

    Lastly, the incident you refer to, I remember it well. Sachin politely asked the square leg ump, I think it was Taufel, who without any consideration gave him out. The next day, notorious Aussie "cricket journalist" Malcolm Conn, otherwise known as "Conn-job" accused Sachin of bringing the game into disrepute!

  • kuldeep on April 2, 2017, 9:49 GMT

    @INSIDEHEDGE.When did an Asian Fielder push thr batsman and break the bails and appeal for Out? I remember Brett Lee collide with sachin and done run out to him in Commanwealth bank series in 2008 in aus.thats why real cricket fans hate aus cricketers.

  • rupeshmajethiya on April 2, 2017, 6:02 GMT

    There are some contradictory rules in cricket.

    When a ball hit by batsmen, lands on a boundary rope directly, it is given as six..

    But while attempting a run if the bat touches the return +91 84 11 872328.when bails are dislodged. It is given as OUT

  • Mohamed Afulal on April 2, 2017, 4:13 GMT

    Thanks Andrew for highlighting the issue from a different perspective. It makes sense. But the batsmen also must learn to ground the bat at least two meters ahead so they show commitment. Lack of it show disrespect to the country you play. Reason. You get out like committing suicide when you can still help your side. Dinesh or any other player must not leave TV umpire to decide your fate. Rather you prevent that situation.

  • ddedir2239964 on April 2, 2017, 4:10 GMT

    My point is this rule should be changed.When the batsman grounded his bat within crease he has completed the run.If he is not turning for second run he shoudnt be given out.Completed 1 run to be given.-Duminda Edirisinghe

  • D N on April 2, 2017, 2:31 GMT

    Cricket is falloff idiosyncratic rules. This one is one of them. The other is the leg-bye. I am not sure why a batting side should be rewarded because they could not play a shot ? Technical committee should take note of this, the front foot no ball rule (blackfoot was a lot better and easier to adjudicate on.

  • Raveen on April 1, 2017, 22:54 GMT

    If common sense is to prevail there are few other rules that need changing even maybe a lot of other rules. So let's not think too much about common sense.

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