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Watch: Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque uses DRS for LBW when batsman hits the ball from middle of the bat

Mominul Haque was convinced by bowler Taskin Ahmed that ball hit batsman's shoe first

When DRS was introduced into international cricket, the motive behind it was to make sure there were no howlers anymore and it was not introduced for the marginal calls. However, the captains and the batsmen, at times in the last few years, have used it even for the marginal calls and sometimes the decisions have been overturned.

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But, the way the Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque used the DRS today in the first test match against New Zealand at Bay Oval was shocking to say the least. He actually referred to an LBW call upstairs after the batsman had played the ball from the middle of the bat.

It was an incident that happened when the New Zealand veteran Ross Taylor was facing Taskin Ahmed on the fourth day of the game, with the Kiwis slightly under pressure having conceded a big first-innings lead. It was a delivery bowled at yorker length from Taskin and Taylor, just about at the right moment, got his front foot out of the way and ended up digging the ball out of the blockhole with the centre of his willow.

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However, Taskin thought that the ball hit Taylor’s shoe before he dug it out and he managed to convince his captain as well, who sent the call upstairs and when the footage was replayed on the big screen, nobody could quite believe that it was sent upstairs, because the ball was clearly played from the middle of the bat.

“Did Mominul Haque use DRS looking for bat before wicket?”

The Twitter users had a little bit of chuckle at that, as they asked if Mominul was looking for a different kind of dismissal called “bat before wicket” and if that was the reason he referred it to the third umpire to see a batsman could be given out that way or not.

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Bangladesh, however, got themselves in a very strong position at the end of the day as they have got New Zealand 5 down in the second innings with the lead less than 20. If they manage to bundle the Kiwis out tomorrow before the hosts stretch their lead over 120, they will have the opportunity to win their first-ever test match on New Zealand turf.

Most of Bangladesh’s test victories have come on their own home soil, and they have not particularly travelled well because of a lack of depth in the fast bowling department. However, they are looking for a different outfit on this New Zealand tour.

 

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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