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All this happened in the 5th over. When Warriors bowler Sophie Ecclestone bowled the fifth ball to Mumbai opener Hayley Mathews, Hayley tried to block the yorker. Ecclestone and wicketkeeper and captain Alyssa Healy made strong appeals, seeing the ball go in through leg and bat. However, the referee refused to concede. When Healy asked Ecclestone, he asked for a review. In the end Hilly took the DRS.
In the first review…
The third referee saw the first review. The ball hit the bat first. However, UltraAge showed that the ball hits the boots first. Then when the umpire looked at the ball tracking, he had pitching line, wicket hitting and impact in line. In such circumstances, Mathews was declared out. But after this the real drama happened….
Batsman Mathews did not trust DRS. He started talking to bowler Ecclestone and opposition captain Alyssa Healy. On the other hand, a discussion started between the two field umpires. After this, her colleague Yesthika Bhatia, who was standing with Mathews, asked to take Drs. So a review was carried out once again and this time it was shown that the ball hit the ground and touched the bat directly.
Each frame was reviewed and observed repeatedly. In which the ball is seen without first touching the boot. In such a situation, the third umpire had to change his decision and declare that Mathews was not out by the field umpire. Even the onfield referee was shocked to see this scene.
However, this unique case of DRS has generated a lot of discussion. Earlier, Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur made a fresh start by revising for a wide. She also changed the referee’s decision.