‘Not seen anything like this’ – Mumbai Indians successfully review a wide call
In a never-seen-before review, Mumbai Indians went up for the DRS to challenge a wide call by the on-field umpire during the first game of the Women’s Premier League against Gujarat Giants.
Mumbai skipper Harmanpreet Kaur challenged a wide call on the last ball of the 13th over during her team’s clash with Gujarat on Saturday. Saika Ishaque sent down a delivery down the leg side to batter Monica Patel, which was ruled a wide by the on-field umpire. However, in a first, Kaur took a DRS to challenge the wide call, leaving viewers stunned.
Harsha Bhogle, on commentary, later cleared the air, confirming that teams will have the luxury of going up for the DRS for wides as well as no-balls in the WPL. Each team will have two unsuccessful reviews available, which can be used for an ‘out’ or a ‘not out’ call as well as for wides and no-balls.
According to the WPL playing conditions, the circumstances in which a Player Review may be requested is: “A player may request a review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning whether or not a batter is dismissed, with the exception of ‘Timed Out’ (Player Review). A player may also be allowed to review any decision taken by on-field umpires concerning wide or no ball.”
Mel Jones, who was co-commentating, was left bemused when the review was taken, saying, “I’ve not seen anything like this.”
The decision of a wide was eventually overturned after replays showed that the ball had hit the gloves en route to the keeper.
Mumbai got off to a convincing start in the WPL, after they posted 207-5 on the board, courtesy of a fine 30-ball 65 by skipper Harmanpreet. Gujarat were bowled out for 64, slumping to a 143-run defeat.