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Sri Lanka Cricket tries to clear confusion surrounding T20I toss result

Match referee Andy Pycroft’s reaction after the coin toss had earlier suggested that a mistake was made in deciding which team had won the toss during the one-off Twenty20 International between India and Sri Lanka.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Sep 09, 2017 13:54 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga with his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli at the toss during the lone T20I at Colombo.(BCCI/Twitter)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have put out a clarification in their bid to clear the confusion surrounding the toss for the one-off Twenty20 International between India and Sri Lanka played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

After the game, which India won comfortably by a margin of seven wickets, confusion arose over the outcome of the toss which had been decided in India’s favour. India captain Virat Kohli had opted to bowl after winning the toss.

As the match referee Andy Pycroft tried to signal something, commentator and presenter Murali Kartik had gone ahead with India as the side that had won the toss.

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Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga had tossed the coin in the air and Kohli had called ‘heads’. Pycroft’s reaction had suggested that a mistake might have been made as Kartik had swiftly turned towards Kohli and continued with the proceedings.

The audio bit where Pycroft announced which side had won the toss was not clear enough because of the noise coming in from the crowd in the background.

“#SLvInd T20I: Match Referee Andy PYCROFT called it correctly - “Heads India”. Watch the video,” SLC tweeted on Friday evening to clear the confusion.

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A few reports meanwhile had claimed that SLC was even contemplating lodging an official complaint.

SLC tweeted the video, claiming to have discovered that it was indeed India who had won the toss.

The video that SLC shared had an enhanced bit of Pycroft’s voice when he was announcing the toss result. But unfortunately, even with the enhanced audio, it is not clear whether he said ‘heads’ or ‘tails’.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 13:54 IST