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URDS Under Scanner Again

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) once again caught in eye of storm forcing ICC face an embarrassing situation. If India suffered last time during to this new system that ended their crucial match against England end in tie, then this time around it was Ireland, who were cruising well to chase West Indies total.

The well-set Ireland batsman Gary Wilson fell victim to the system at a crucial stage of Group B World Cup match against West Indies. Incidentally, the URDS proved a `villain` so far for Group B teams. India suffered the first blow when England batsmen Bell was not given out for a plumb LBW. The TV replays clearly indicate the ball uprooting the middle and leg stump, while the Third Umpire upheld the decision of official umpire referring to some technicalities. This led to the Indian skipper Mahenderinshg Dhoni reacting sharply leading to ICC reprimand and the BCCI responding strongly.

Chasing 276 for victory, Ireland were in a great position at 199 for five in 41.3 overs with Wilson batting on 61 off 62 deliveries and giving him complay was all-rounder Alex Cusack. But, the complexion of the match changed completely when Wilson was given out LBW by an erring Sri Lankan umpire Ashoka De Silva, who has messed his verdicts in this tournament a couple of times. De Sila declared Wilson out lbw to Sammy with a ball that struck the batsman outside the off-stump and was moving in with the seam.

Had Ireland not a victim of URDS, it too could have kept its hopes alive like Bangladesh, with two wins under its belt one against England and the other against West Indies, which they lost due Sri Lankan umpire`s hara-kiri.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: March 12, 2011 | Categories: 2011 World Cup, Cricket

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