WATCH | Yet another DRS-gate in India as Dilruwan Perera takes review after signal from dugout

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WATCH | Yet another DRS-gate in India as Dilruwan Perera takes review after signal from dugout

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SportsCafe Desk

11/19/2017

After rain played a spoilsport on the opening two days of India-Sri Lanka Test, the match has been marred by controversies since then. After Dinesh Chandimal was saved by the skin of his teeth for fake fielding, Dilruwan Perera has now been found guilty of taking dressing room help for a DRS review.

The introduction of the new rules by the ICC has helped the game become fairer but has many loopholes. With the field officials also getting a touch of it at their own pace, it sometimes becomes difficult for them to pick up those sly windows of opportunities that teams are using to their advantage now.

The incident in question took place in the 57 over of Day 4 in the Eden Gardens Test between India and Sri Lanka. The visitors, batting second, had dealt with the bouncy and moving track far better than India had and were in a decent position of 208-7 with two new batsmen Diruwan Perera and Rangana Herath were at the crease.

The last ball of the 56th over saw a fine in-swinging delivery by Mohammad Shami striking on Perera’s back-pad, in front of the off-stump. A loud shout by the players led to the umpire to raise his finger. Perera had started walking towards the pavilion, pretty confident that he had been caught plumb. However, with the Indian players celebrating, Perera apparently had a change of heart and turned around and opted for a review.

Nigel Llong allowed the review despite the Sri Lankan taking his sweet time before "making up his mind". Hawk-eye showed that the impact between ball and pad had been marginally outside the off-stump and the decision was reversed. However, the repeated replays showed one or two hands going up from the Sri Lankan dressing room signalling the batsman to opt for the review which resulted in the latter turning back and appealing for a very late DRS review call.

After Chandimal’s fake fielding wasn’t detected by the officials yesterday, Virat Kohli is bound to be angry when he finds out that the Sri Lankans had managed to wrongfully signal the batsman for a review. However, unlike the Bangalore Test against Australia where Steven Smith was attempting a similar thing and Kohli saw it, the Indian team couldn’t detect Sri Lanka’s stealth here. Shami later claimed Perera’s wicket who could only manage 5 runs off 34 balls.

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