Virat Kohli's distress at his lbw dismissal was mirrored by "surprise" within an India dressing room still getting used to the concept of the DRS. Yet to make a score of note this series, Kohli was stunned to be sent on his way after unsuccessfully reviewing an lbw decision given by the umpire Nigel Llong.
Llong had raised his finger quickly even as the bowler Josh Hazlewood pulled out of his own appeal in the apparent belief that Kohli had hit the ball. Other Australians behind and square of the wicket were, however, more vociferous. The TV umpire Richard Kettleborough told Llong he could find no definitive evidence that the ball had struck bat before pad, so as per current DRS protocols it left him no choice but to stay with the original on-field decision. Kohli made his unhappiness clear as he walked off the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
His mood cooled as Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane guided the team to stumps, but India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar said the hosts were united in their surprise at the lbw verdict being upheld on review. Their consternation formed another episode in their familiarisation with a system the BCCI had long barred from use in their bilateral series. "We all are a bit surprised by the call the umpire eventually did," Bangar said.
"In terms of was there conclusive evidence or not, that's something that definitely the match referee will look into and they'll have a chat about it. Obviously Virat was really pumped up, he's a big match player, and he wanted to succeed very badly in this innings. It was a very normal reaction from a batsman in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply.
"We are new to DRS and the rules have also been tweaked a bit, so it is very much the umpire's call has become really crucial, and we haven't really sat down and evaluated but that is the way it is, it's new to us and we are learning from the number of games we are playing with DRS, we are in the learning curve."
Replays available to Kettleborough included super slow-motion and UltraEdge cameras - the version of Real-time Snicko developed by the HawkEye ball-tracking inventors - but not HotSpot, which uses infrared cameras to pick up heat signalling from balls striking bat or pad.
Hazlewood said HotSpot, which is part of the full suite of technology available for use in Tests in Australia, would have been a welcome addition and can make a difference in similar circumstances. "Yeah I think so, it's obviously a massive series and you want to have all the technology you can if it's available," Hazlewood said. "HotSpot works really well sometimes, we use it in Australia and it can be the difference between a not out and and out. If it's there, it's there.
"I think initially I just heard a bit of wood so I pulled out of the appeal but the guys behind the wicket and square of the wicket were pretty confident and obviously it got given out. I think after looking at the reviews you could see it just touching that pad before the bat so you had to stick with the on-field call."
Though the BCCI has shown interest, they has been unable to use HotSpot in a bilateral series so far. The board had contacted the operators of the technology about having it in place for the England series last year, only to be informed that the cameras would not be able to arrive until after the series had begun and perhaps even later.
When HotSpot's use for the Australia series was discussed, the board decided against it. Those talks took place during a complicated period, around the time the Supreme Court of India had removed senior board officials and frozen BCCI bank accounts.
There remains hope, however, that the technology will be available when India next plays a home Test series later in 2017.