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Bhuvneshwar dismissal raises DRS question

The absence of the Decision Review System (DRS) may be a talking point in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, but India’s continued refusal of its use was partially vindicated when lower-order batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was controversially adjudged out in the fourth Test on Friday.

Kumar was batting on 30 on the fourth day of the concluding Test when he seemingly edged an off-spinner Nathan Lyon delivery to first slip at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He partnered Ravichandran Ashwin to put up a defiant 65-run eighth-wicket partnership that was frustrating Australia while reducing the first innings deficit margin.

The on-field umpires were unable to determine if the ball bounced before or after it hit the edge of Kumar’s bat when Shane Watson latched onto the ball at the slip, and referred the issue to third umpire Simon Fry. The Australian umpire flashed the red light to terminate Kumar’s budding innings even though television replays proved to be inconclusive in making a judgement. Kumar walked back to the pavilion, shaking his head. 
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