Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day June 24, 2012

The two sides of Adnan Akmal

Plays of the Day from the third day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Akmal lashes out
Pakistan might have been at the wrong end of an umpiring error or two in the morning session, but there was one wicket they couldn't blame on external factors. Adnan Akmal swept to fine leg, ran hard for the first run and then called for the second and set off, but his partner Mohammad Ayub wasn't so sure. Ayub obliged rather late but hesitated and then headed back to his crease. By then it was too late for Akmal to head back as he was already more than halfway down. A peeved Akmal gestured to Ayub and gave him an earful as he walked back. The stump microphones picked up: My call, my call, I said 'yes'. Not the warmest welcome to Test cricket for Ayub.

No-DRS moment of the day I
If Pakistan thought they had seen the worst of the umpiring on the second evening, they were mistaken. A struggling Younis Khan was trying to play himself into form and resurrect the innings. His knock was cut short when he faced Rangana Herath. The flighted delivery drew him forward, the ball went straight through but Younis played for the turn, and the umpire failed to notice an inside edge onto the pads and gave him lbw. A stunned Younis stood his ground for a few seconds, but the decision was made. Pakistan had lost their most experienced batsman. Just another argument in favour of the DRS.

No-DRS moment of the day II
This one went against Pakistan in the field. With Tillakaratne Dilshan racing away at nearly a run-a-ball, and the lead swelling, Pakistan were finding it hard to contain the hosts. Saeed Ajmal tossed one up from round the wicket, down the leg side and Dilshan, attemping to sweep fine, got a glove to it. Akmal and Ajmal knew they had had him, but the umpire wasn't so sure. The following ball, Dilshan added further insult to injury by glancing it to third man for four. The coach Dav Whatmore took off his cap in frustration, Ajmal kicked the turf in disgust and Mohammad Hafeez came over and put an arm on his shoulder.

Akmal rides piggyback
It was a day of contrasting moods for Akmal. When Thilan Samaraweera slashed Junaid Khan towards slip, the ball dipped to Younis' left, where he took a sharp low catch. Akmal too could have gone for it but he wisely left it for the experienced Younis. Akmal went out of his way to extend his gratitude by clambering onto the prone Younis' back - he refused to budge even after Younis had got to his feet and started walking. His mood a world apart from the morning then, when he lashed out at Ayub.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Forget DRS, at least get the third umpire to review more than runouts and stumpings and catch completions. Add the following: - For LBWs: 3rd umpire gets to watch for pitching outside legstump, CLEAR inside edge and CLEAR violation of hitting pads inline with stumps. A not out decision can stand but the above are reviewed whenever a batsmen is given dubiously out LBW - For close-in catches (bad-pad and caught behind): 3rd umpire watches for CLEAR edges that are not given and CLEAR Non edges

    You don't need ball tracking or snicko to avoid the howling howlers. 50% of the decisions in this test could be avoided.

    And it is time to put Uncle Gould out to pasture At least half of the decisions

  • dani on June 24, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    @pradeep_dealwis--ur right bro..ur teams effort has been overshadowed by bad umpiring, but still SL played better n hence r in a winning position...i think PAK will b facing the same situation in remaining tests as ENG were facing against PAK in UAE...nice to see SL playing good cricket again :)

  • Babaji on June 24, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Guys, we should stop blaming umpires for our teams pathetic performance. Yes, there were blatant wrong decisions but the temperament of the batsman is questionable.

    More importantly, the only stabilizing figure in the team is missing the match hence the panic!

  • Siham on June 24, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I was really looking forward to some good cricket in this match. Can't believe it got ruined thanks to the umpires' decisions. Now it's only a one-sided match. Apart from the frustration these decisions brought to me as a Pakistani, it has completely put me off of Test cricket. Really didn't expect this from experienced umpires like Davis and Gould. They've made the Pakistani bowlers (that almost everyone fears) look like a bunch of rookies. Uff! Never watching any matches where these two are umpiring! -.-

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Only Aeem Dar is one umpire who has made most correct decisions ( don't remember if any of his are over-ruled by DRS). Even Simon Taufel has messed up many times ( even though due to being from Australia ) he has been awarded best umpire award. He gave once Umar Akmal LBW against Newzealand in the semi-final that cost Pakistan match. How come India has been able to force Steve Bukner to retire when he gave wrong decisions against him?

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I agree with Ramiz Raja that best available umpires should stand whether they are neutral or not. These two just made a mess there.

  • Ali on June 24, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Most worst umpiring decisions i have seen in a while. Pakistan performance was not good to begin with but those decisions make it even worse.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    pathetic umpiring ICC plz do sumthng nw

  • Pradeep on June 24, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    definitely DRS should have been there...and most disapointed about that should be the Sri Lankans; a very good performance by them so far has been overshadowed by the umpiring. If they go on to win this, all the talk will be on the umpiring and not on the convincing performance.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    we forgot one thing even if there was DRS both sides have 2 refferals only ....I think in the modern age Cricket has become the most backward game instead of moving forward we are moving back. Pathetic ICC

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