Today was the fifth day of the single match test series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. A shocking decision from the third umpire changed the whole course of the match.
The beginning of the fifth day was very crucial. Both of the teams were eying on victory. Finally, the Sri Lankan batsmen were able to hold breath a snatched victory. However, a controversial decision was the turning point of the match.
It was during the 4th ball 69th over when Sikandar Raza was bowling to Niroshan Dickwella. Dickwella was batting on 37. Dickwella scored 8 runs from first three deliveries. Raza beat Dickwella’s outside edge on the fourth delivery and the wicket-keeper, Regis Chakabva took the bails off within a blink of the eye. As it was a tough call, the on-field umpire went upstairs.
The giant screen displayed that Dickwella’s back foot was on the line, but none of it was behind the line.
Third umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin had taken a lot of time before declaring the decision. He saw a number of replays to declare the batsman OUT. Although none of his left foot was behind the line, Chettithody Shamshuddin gave the batsman the benefit of the doubt.
Zimbabwe’s batting coach Lance Klusener already started celebrating in the dressing room. Heath Streak, the head coach couldn’t believe his eyes. As there was no toe behind the line, how was he not given out?
What does the rule say
“If the batsman does not have his bat or any part of his body behind the crease before the bails are whipped off, he is considered out. If the foot is on the crease line itself but not completely across it as well as touching the ground behind it, he is considered to be out. The line belongs to the bowler.”
Dickwella finally scored 81 runs and led his team to victory.