Well, every cricket fan witnessed how the Australian batsmen made the Indian bowlers chase for wickets as they put up useful stands for their team to make sure the scoreboard has an unbeatable total at the end of the first innings.
The men-in-blue struggled and worked really hard to get the Australian batsmen out, especially Usman Khwaja who scored 180 runs for his team. However, the boys remained wicket-less for almost two sessions, and for the same reason, they became desperate in need of wickets.
In the 128th over of the first innings when Ravindra Jadeja bowled one outside the odd stump and the ball hit Khwaja’s shoulder while he was trying to leave it, to everyone’s surprise, Indians shouted for an LBW appeal which was later turned down by the on-field umpire. The left-arm all-rounder had a word with Rohit Sharma and convinced him to challenge the umpire’s decision by opting for a DRS review.
However, everyone on the field already knew that the ball wasn’t hitting the stumps and seeing that it was the first ever chance team India got to review wasn’t taken lightly by the captain Rohit and he decided to challenge the umpire’s decision.
When the third umpire watched the replays, he confirmed that the batsman was not out, and the Indian fielders had a smile on their face which depicts that they already knew the decision but were taking their chances.
After the third umpire confirmed that the batsman was not out, the on-field umpire was smiling as he stayed on with his decision. Seeing this, Dinesh Karthik said in the commentary box that the Indians might be checking if the “third umpire is awake” and everyone cracked up.
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