Tillakaratne Dilshan was shocked when he saw the TV umpires convinced that he was out, when he had not edged the ball at all. He said that the DRS should be assisted by the Hotspot technology, only then the decisions would come out well. He was given out by the umpire when caught at slip off Swann but he promptly called for a review with confidence that the ball was not edged. But the TV umpire Bruce Oxenford took a long time to check before giving him out, and he was totally stunned with the decision.
“I feel 100% that I didn’t edge the ball that’s why I went straight for the review,” he said. “I can’t control the decisions. You have to respect it. But I can suggest one thing. The DRS that applies to Test or one-day cricket should have Hot Spot then there will be more correct decisions. Unfortunately Hot Spot is not there and a few decisions were very difficult for the umpire without it.”
Dilshan was fined 10% of the match fee for the excessive appealing when he was bowling, and the helmet act after he was given out, might have frustrated the referee and umpires more. “I was just a bit disappointed and my helmet when a bit further than I meant,” he said. “I was wanted a big score and that’s why I was disappointed.”
“We believe if we can bat the first session tomorrow we can win the Test,” he said. “It’s not an easy wicket and won’t be easy to chase 130-140. They couldn’t chase 140, this is a five day wicket and Rangana Herath is in good form.”
Steven Finn was the first person who wanted the Hot Spot to be used because one of his wickets was turned down, when Thilan Samaraweera was not given out on the first day, and now Dilshan’s appeal makes the question stronger.
Swann took two late wickets yesterday to keep Sri Lanka under total pressure where the hosts lead by just 33 runs and have 4 wickets in hand to make it to a good lead on the final day, trying to draw the match. They lead the 2-match test series 1-0.