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Friday 20 March 2015

CWC15 - Tale of Two Controversial Decisions Against Bangladesh?

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

Although India comfortably defeated Bangladesh in their quarterfinal knockout match in the end, they were in a big spot of bother when they were batting. Bangladesh were pumped up through some hostile bowling by Rubel Hossain and guile of Shakib Al Hasan. The runs had tried up, wickets were falling and the match was on a knife's edge. Brilliantly poised for a close finish, Bangla tigers even contemplating a huge upset!

Suresh Raina had just joined Rohit Sharma with the score at 115 for 3 in the 28th over.
Another wicket at that time would have meant India in deep trouble with Dhoni, lower middle order and tail to come (not tested really in this cup so far)

In the 34th over, Mashrafe rapped Raina on his pads. A huge appeal not upheld by umpire Ian Gould. The Bangla skipper immediately going in for a REVIEW. Technology can be cruel with its precision. From the naked eye the decision looked absolutely plumb. But, haweye suugested the ball pitched a couple of millimetres outside the line. Obviously, that had to be given not out (although the ball hit him in life of the stumps and going on to crash into off stump). Umpire Gould's decision stayed and big relief for Raina and India. Mashrafe was visibly displeased by that decision

Raina was on 10 then. He went on to score 65 in 57 balls and pulled the momentum back towards India in the batting powerplay.

The second incident happened in the 40th over. Rubel Hossain brought into the attack to thwart the rampaging Sharma-Raina pair bowled a low full toss that Rohit tried to play on the leg straight into the hands of deep square leg fielder. Rohit was 91 then and India 201 for 3 trying to explode. A wicket there would have meant new batsman and restrict their run scoring. Out of nowhere umpire Aleem Dar raised his arm from square leg to signal no-ball (for a full toss over waist). NO BALL .. no wicket, extra run .. cruel for the bowler. Very very marginal decision that.

Rohit Sharma went on to score 137 and take the match away from Bangladesh.

If you sum up runs scored by both batsmen after they got lives, they add up to 101 runs which was a massive setback for Bangla. Even one of them had gone their way, they could have made a match of this!   

Apart from those two, India outplayed them to book their berth in the semifinals against winner of the Australia vs Pakistan game at Adelaide tomorrow.

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