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Sri Lanka vs India: DRS debate returns as Kaushal Silva given out wrongly on Day 1

He was visibly upset by the decision, and was seen shaking his head as he made the walk back to the pavilion.

Kaushal Silva walks back disappointed after Shikhar Dhawan’s catch

Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva was wrongly adjudged out in the first innings on Day 1 when the score read 15/1, bringing about a batting collapse that saw the hosts inauspiciously bowled out for 183 in their first batting innings in the 3-match Test series. However, replays showed that umpire Nigel Llong had made a mistake in sending back Silva.

With no Decision Review System available because of India’s aversion to using the technology, the batsman had no option but to leave for a score of 5. He was visibly upset by the decision, and was seen shaking his head as he made the walk back to the pavilion.

A short ball from Varun Aaron in the morning session brushed the arm guard of Silva, and Shikhar Dhawan claimed the catch diving in the slips. Virat Kohli pointed to Silva’s gloves as all India players started celebrating. When Silva had been on 4, Dhawan had dropped an easy catch at 1st slip off the same bowler.

Incidentally, the DRS system was first tried during a 2008 India vs Sri Lanka match, after which many teams have incorporated the technology. It is a part of ICC’s official tournaments such as the World Cup as well.

However, the Indian cricket board have been adamant in not allowing DRS in their matches, though new Test captain Virat Kohli has said that he is open to discussing the matter with teammates.

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