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Thursday, July 24, 2008

[Video] Cricket first as TV umpire referral rules not out

(CNN) -- Cricket history was made on the second day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India as home batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was given a reprieve by a television umpire.
Thilan Sanaraweera was one of three Sri Lankan centurions in their first innings against India.

Thilan Sanaraweera was one of three

Sri Lankan centurions in their first innings against India.

Dilshan was initially given out by on-field umpire Mark Benson, adjudged caught behind off a Zaheer Khan delivery, but under new rules being trialled in this Test was allowed to challenge the decision through television replay.

Third umpire Rudi Koertzen reviewed replays and gave Dilshan not out.

By the close, he was 20 not out in the massive Sri Lankan total of 422 for four wickets.

Malinda Warnapura, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera all scored tons as India toiled in Colombo, with Samaraweera 111 not out in the company of Dilshan.

Jayawardene, who made a superb 136, also matched the record of former Australian cricket legend Don Bradman in scoring nine Test centuries at the same venue.

The Sri Lankan captain achieved his feat at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, with Bradman's nine tons being scored at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Earlier, during the morning session, India captain Anil Kumble made the first-ever television challenge when an appeal for leg before wicket (lbw) against Sri Lanka opener Warnapura was turned down, but he was unsuccessful in changing the original call.

Koertzen upheld the on-field umpire's decision, adjudging that the ball would have missed leg stump.

This Test marks the beginning of the International Cricket Council's experimentation with the challenge system. Previously, the use of television technology was largely limited to run outs and stumpings, but players will now be able to challenge the likes of lbw verdicts -- the trickiest and most subjective of all umpiring decisions -- and catches.

Each side is allowed three challenges in each innings and the number of challenges remains intact if a decision is overturned using the system employed in professional tennis.


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