New Zealand are currently playing against the Pakistanis in the second and final Test of the series at Hamilton. Having clinched the first Test at Christchurch a couple of days back, the hosts got off to a bizarre start in the second Test as they lost Tom Latham in the very first over.
However, it was not until the 15th over that New Zealand really looked worried as captain Kane Williamson became yet another victim of a controversial DRS system.
It was the 5th ball of the 15th over. Sohail Khan was steaming in to bowl to Kane Williamson, who was batting on 13. The delivery was a back of a length ball which pitched just outside off. Williamson was only half-forward and looked to push towards the ball.
He was, however, defeated by the pace and swing and edged the ball as the visitors started celebrating. While wicket-keeper Sarfraz Khan and Sohail seemed pretty confident about the edge, the umpire Simon Fry did not seem interested. The Pakistanis were quick to go for the DRS.
The replays on the screen showed that there was a clicking sound. However, the hot spot showed no sign of an inside edge. The front-arm spin-vision was inconclusive.
While one got the impression that the ball slightly gazed the right elbow of Williamson on its way to the wicket-keeper, third umpire Ian Gould begged to differ. He overlooked the on-field umpire’s call and asked to send Williamson back on his way. Few of the TV commentators went on air saying there was some amount of double-noise, indicating the ball might have kissed the edge and hit Williamson’s elbow.
While the men in green were happy to see the back of the Kiwi skipper, Williamson was seen very disappointed with the decision. He had walk back to the dug-out after scoring 13 off 42 balls.
New Zealand ended the day 1 of the Hamilton Test at 77 for the loss of two wickets.
Here is the video of that unfortunate incident of the New Zealand skipper:
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