It was enough to give Aussie captain Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon a sleepless night — even with Australia’s late charge under the Adelaide Oval lights on Thursday night.
A failure to review a caught behind dismissal on Indian captain Virat Kohli proved to be the biggest blunder of the opening day for Australia where the honours were shared at the end of play.
India will resume on Day 2 at 6/233 — but it could have been a very different story if Paine and Lyon had realised they’d actually snared Kohli cheaply.
Instead they had to watch on as replays, Hot Spot and Snicko technology all showed Kohli was out when they failed to review the on-field umpire’s call of not out.
They also had to watch on as Kohli scored another 58 runs after Lyon’s delivery and built solid partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
Kohli should have been out for 16 when Lyon got a little bit of extra bounce turning the ball back into Kohli’s body, collecting a piece of the glove as it slid through to keeper Paine.
He went on to make 74 and potentially cost Australia a chance to knock over India on the opening day of play.
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Virat Kohli got a tickle on it. Photo: Twitter, News Corp Australia Cricket.Source:Twitter
Aussie Test great Brett Lee said in commentary India “dodged” the dismissal.
“Look at that glove. Definitely glove on ball. They’ve dodged one there,” he said.
Adam Gilchrist told Fox Cricket it appeared Paine had been talked out of it after consulting with Matt Wade, who was fielding at short leg, and his slips fielders.
“There is certainly a white mark there, was it there previously, or has that come from rubbing on top of the blade?” Gilchrist said.
“Matt Wade was interested, the man under the helmet on the off-side was interested.
“What does Snicko say? There was a little wobble there, wasn’t there?”
Former Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe said the Aussies should have been able to read Kohli’s guilty body language.
“I just thought there was a sheepishness about Kohli’s initial look. He felt something I think. They can turn a game,” he said.
Lyon brushed off the blunder in his press conference on Thursday night.
He also moved on quickly on the field, where he hit back to remove Pujara a short while later and then was crucial in the run-out mix-up that left Kohli stranded in the final session of play.
Lyon wasn’t fixating on the possible Kohli dismissal.
“Wadey says there was a sound and it looked to be in the right area,” Lyon said.
“But at the end of the day, we weren’t 100 per cent sure on that.
Nathan Lyon got the key dismissal.Source:Getty Images
“And even talking to Virat out in the middle, he said he didn’t feel anything on his glove either.
“And I even had a look at his glove and there was no pink mark on it.
“So it is what it is. Some days you get them, some days you don’t.”
Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw pointed out the mistake is even more costly considering teams have three DRS referrals each this series.
He said: “Jeez, he’s had a DRS nightmare Tim Paine, they’ve got three in this series too”.
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