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Twitter outraged after umpires’ blunder gives Liton Das a lifeline in Dhaka

Chaos filled the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium.

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Bangladesh vs Windies
Bangladesh vs Windies. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The deciding T20 International between Bangladesh and Windies at the iconic Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka turned out to be a high scoring one. Bearing in mind the excitement in the first two matches in Sylhet and Dhaka, the final encounter was undoubtedly expected to be a thrilling one. However, the encounter was tarnished by a controversy, which halted play for quite a while.

In the final ball of the fourth over by fast bowler Oshane Thomas, Liton Das mistimed the ball and the fielder took a simple catch. On-field umpire Tanvir Ahmed gave it not out and called it a no-ball. Nevertheless, Carlos Brathwaite, the Windies captain, and the other players weren’t satisfied with the decision and felt that the ball was legal and Das was wrongly given not out.

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Absolute chaos in Dhaka

Immediately after, Brathwaite asked for the Decision Review System (DRS) and it was sent upstairs to third umpire Gazi Sohel. Replays showed that Thomas’ foot landed inside the bowling crease and he was indeed out. The decision was reversed, but the batsman stood his ground. In the meantime, Carlos lost his cool and was seen having a heated conversation near the boundary ropes.

Then, Jeff Crowe, the match referee came down to solve the matter. Even Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came down to have a chat, wearing his helmet. As per the law, one can use the DRS for a mode of dismissal, but in this scenario, the decision was reviewed for the call of no-ball to be overturned. The decision eventually stood and Das got a much-needed reprieve.

Thomas, Brathwaite and the other Windies’ players were definitely not happy with the decision. To add insult to injury, the next ball was a free hit and Soumya Sarkar smacked Thomas over the off-side for a six. This wasn’t the first instance when the on-field umpires committed a mistake. In the meantime, Twitter is fuming over the shambolic display of umpiring.

Here is how Twitter vented their frustration

https://twitter.com/Bangla13c/status/1076470596068933633

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