The ICC World Cup semifinal between Australia and England witnessed a major umpiring howler when Kumar Dharmasena wrongly adjudged Jason Roy caught behind.
In a shocking decision in the 20th over, Roy pulled tried to pull a short delivery by Pat Cummins and the balled lobbed to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
The Australians went up in unison and umpire Dharmasena hesitated before raising his finger. Visibly livid at the judgment a furious Roy refused to leave the pitch and called for a review.
England had no review left and so he had no choice but to return back to the pavilion. However, that was not before showing dissent and uttering, ‘******* Embarrassing!’
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The UltraEdge did shows a flatline as the ball passed by but the damage had already been done by then and Roy was out for 85.
The confusion occurred when Roy failed to realize there was no review left.
Roy stood his ground thinking it was referred upstairs but in the end umpire Erasmus told him he has to go. Bizarre! But both umpire and the batsman were at fault there.
Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision is an offence under the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct and match referee Ranjan Madugalle could now take action.