Tom Lathan survived after the on-field umpire denied an LBW to Team India.
The Kiwi openers gave the Indian bowlers a tough time in the ongoing first test at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. Team India had put up a score of 345 in the first innings after winning the toss.
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In response to the total, New Zealand finished the second day of play with 129 for no loss on the board. Tom Latham and Will Young added 151 runs for the opening wicket. Young scored 89 while Latham managed to score 95 runs before being dismissed by Axar Patel.
However, Latham could have been dismissed much earlier in the innings. An incident took place in the 73rd over of the match of New Zealand’s innings when the southpaw was batting on 66. Ashwin bowled a fuller delivery which seemed to turn after hitting the pitch. The ball turned away from the batsmen. Tom Latham missed the ball completely and it went on to hit his front pad.
The Indian player along with Ashwin went for a big appeal. But that wasn’t enough to convince the on-field umpire Nitin Menon. The incident was strange enough as India’s stand in captain Ajinkya Rahane did not go for a referral.
The replay showed three reds on the big screen. The decision would have gone in favor of team India if Ajinkya Rahane would have gone for a DRS.
Upon seeing the replay in the big screen, Ravi Ashwin was seen hitting the turf out of frustration. Skipper Rahane was also disappointed with himself after watching the replay.
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Commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Simon Doull were sure that it was a ‘OUT’ before even the replay was shown. They were shocked that India did not opt for a review.
The on-field umpiring hasn’t been the best so far in the game. Latham was called ‘OUT’ a couple of times on Day 2. But the southpaw went for an instant review every time the decision was not in his favor. The decision was reversed twice by the third umpire and Latham survived.
However, the southpaw missed to score a ton. He managed to score 95 before Axar Patel removed the batsmen.