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Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions

Roy Dilawer
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Between January 2 and January 6 in 2008, India and Australia clashed at the SCG – a match more memorable for the umpiring decisions than the actual cricket played. It was the 2nd Test Match of famous Border-Gavaskar Series, being played well before DRS was brought into implementation in Test Cricket.In cricket, you lose the match because either you played bad or the other team played much better. But there is another reason owing to which despite playing better cricket, you can be on the wrong side of the trophy when the day ends and that is, some erroneous decisions which ultimately cost heavily for the team lost.  The Australian and Indian sides were captained by Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni respectively. The toss was won by Australia and they chose to bat first.Interestingly, one of the on-field umpires was the World record holder (for officiating most Test matches), Steve Bucknor, while the other one was Mark Bensen; the third umpire's duties were performed by Bruce Oxenford.Umpires discussing weather conditions - Steve Bucknor is not giving anybody out on this occasion

#1 Decision # 1

Australia 1st Innings 45-2, 13.1 Overs, Bowler Ganguly, Batsman Ponting (17), Umpire Bensen

Ganguly bowls down the leg side which gets a slight edge off Ponting’s bat and is taken by MS Dhoni. All go up except for the umpire’s finger. Ponting does not move while replay confirms a definite edge through audio devices and snicko-meter. It seems as if everybody heard the noise with the sole exception of Mark Bensen.

Bensen 1 Bucknor 0

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Roy Dilawer
A law graduate by education, and a writer by interest and a cricket fan by all means.
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