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Kane Williamson dismissed following a controversial DRS decision in the second Test against Pakistan

Shyam Sunder
Published 25 Nov 2016, 11:49 IST
25 Nov 2016, 11:49 IST
Kane Williamson
The replays showed that there was a clicking sound but the hot spot showed no sign of an inside edge

The New Zealand cricket team are currently playing against the Pakistanis in the second and final Test of the series at Hamilton. Having won the first Test at Christchurch a couple of days ago, the Kiwis got off to a bizarre start in the second Test as they lost Tom Latham in the very first over.

However, it wasn't until the 15th over that the Kiwis really looked worried as skipper Kane Williamson became yet another prey of a controversial DRS system.

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It was the fifth ball of the 15th over and Sohail Khan was steaming in to bowl to Williamson, who was batting on 13. It was a back of a length ball that pitched just outside off and swung in slightly. Williamson was only half-forward and looked to push towards the ball.

However, he was beaten by the pace and swing and edged the ball as the Pakistanis started celebrating. While Sohail and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Khan seemed pretty confident about the edge, umpire Simon Fry was not interested. The Pakistanis were quick to go for the DRS.  

The replays showed that there was a clicking sound but the hot spot showed no sign of an inside edge. Front-arm spin-vision was inconclusive. The real-time snickometer picked up a spike, but it did so after the ball had passed the bat.

While one got the impression that the ball had gazed the right elbow of Williamson on its way to the keeper, third umpire Ian Gould thought otherwise. He overturned the on-field umpire's call and sent Williamson back on his way. Some of the TV commentators went on air saying there was a double-noise, indicating the ball may have kissed the edge and then hit Williamson's elbow.

Also read: New Zealand vs Pakistan: Live score and commentary

While the Pakistanis were jubilant to see the back of the Kiwi skipper, Williamson was clearly disappointed with the decision.  The right-hander had to walk back to the dug-out after scoring 13 runs off 42 balls leaving New Zealand tottering at 39 for the loss of two wickets in 15 overs.


This isn't the first time that the DRS has come under scanner and there have been several instances where the players and the board officials from across the globe have raised questions regarding its accuracy. The New Zealand ended the day 1 of the Hamilton Test at 77 for the loss of two wickets.   

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 08:47 IST
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