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No DRS: Indians fall to the wrong 'uns

cricket Updated: Jun 24, 2011 01:40 IST

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Though India managed to win the Test, their decision to not use the Decision Review System (DRS) could have cost them dearly after three of their batsmen fell to dubious decisions on the third day. The decisions could have gone the visitors' way had the DRS been in place.

Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were the three Indian batsmen who could have got a 'life' had the DRS been in place to challenge the umpires' decision.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got a harsh decision as he was caught off a no-ball. However, he couldn't have gone for the review as the facility is not available for no-balls.

Kohli was the first one out to a debatable decision by English umpire Ian Gould in consent with Daryl Harper.

A short ball by Fidel Edwards targetting Kohli's ribs headed down the leg side, and the West Indies' players appealed for a catch.

Although Kohli was not convinced by the umpire's decision, he could do nothing about it. Later, Raina was caught by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy off Devendra Bishoo while attempting a sweep shot. Raina indicated that he hadn't hit the ball but Harper raised the finger nonetheless. However, replays showed there was no glove or bat involved.

It seemed the ball bounced off Raina's pad, on the way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh's thigh pad, and then through to Sammy at leg slip.

The third batsman was Harbhajan Singh, who was adjudged lbw of the bowling of Darren Sammy even though the ball stuck him on the knee roll and hawk-eye showed the ball would have missed the bails. Harper who gave two of the three decisions has a very poor record and during the recently concluded World Cup he was removed after the group stages owing to poor performances.

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