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DRS, the talking point 

Mohali, March 11

India skipper Virat Kohli has slammed the Decision Review System (DRS) after India’s caught-behind appeal against Ashton Turner was turned down during the fourth ODI between India and Australia.

Turner scored a scintillating unbeaten 84 off 43 balls to power Australia to their highest-ever successful chase against India, who had put up 358 on board. It was in the 44th over when Turner tried to slash a wide leg-break from spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and the ball seemed to take the edge of the bat before settling into the gloves of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

The on-field umpire turned down India’s appeal, and Kohli asked for a review. 

The Snickometer showed a spike as the ball passed the bat, but it had shown lighter disturbances even before the ball reached Turner. The third umpire decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. “The DRS call was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming more of a talking point in every game. It’s just not consistent at all, that was a game-changing moment,” Kohli said  during the post match presentation. “But yeah, that’s more of an uncontrollable, but the controllable we had to do right, and we didn’t do it right, and the opportunity slipped away,” he added.

DRS issues

The hosts were also left surprised earlier when a DRS call taken by Usman Khawaja, who was playing on 85 in the 31st over, for an LBW was overturned in his favour. Attempting a sweep against Jadhav, he was given out but went on to review the decision, which was overturned by the third umpire. The Mohali game was not the first time that DRS has come into the spotlight in this series. During the previous ODI, in Ranchi, Aaron Finch was adjudged out on 93 after the ball tracking appeared to show two different balls on the same ball tracking display. The replays showed the ball pitching on leg stump, though it had actually pitched on middle stump.

DDCA cancels Kohli felicitation ceremony 

New Delhi: The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) has dropped plans to felicitate Virat Kohli along with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. DDCA had decided to felicitate the three ‘Delhi legends’ before the start of the fifth ODI in New Delhi on Thursday. 

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