2nd Test: India 'surprised' by 3rd umpire's decision against Virat Kohli

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Bengaluru, March 6: Decision Review System (DRS) again came into focus after Indian captain Virat Kohli was upset with his dismissal and the team was "surprised" on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test against Australia here today, March 6. [2nd Test in balance, expect exhilarating stuff: Bangar]

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Kohli had another low score in the ongoing series as he was dismissed LBW for 15 to fast bowler Josh Hazlewood. [Temperatures are rising: Hazlewood]

Virat Kohli (centre) walks away after his dismissal (Image courtesy: BCCI official website)

Indian skipper was adjudged LBW but he immediately opted to review the decision, feeling that ball had hit the bat first and then the pad.

After several replays, third umpire Richard Kettleborough stuck with the on-field decision. He told the on-field umpire, "there is no conclusive evidence to confirm it's bat first".

Kohli was clearly upset by the decision as he walked back to the pavilion. He continued to be unhappy as he was seen uttering few words to himself in the dressing room.

As India fought back and finished the 3rd day at 213/4 in 2nd innings, with a lead of 126, batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealed that they were "surprised" by the third umpire's call against Kohli.

"We all were bit surprised by the call (against Kohli). Was there a conclusive evidence to make that call or there wasn't a conclusive evidence that is something the match referee will look into and have a chat about it.

"Obviously, Virat was really pumped up and he is a big match player. He wanted to succeed very badly in this innings.

"But it was a normal reaction of a batsman in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply," Bangar told reporters after the end of day's play at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Having already been at the receiving end of DRS, Bangar was asked whether this decision against the captain further made them lose faith in DRS. For this, Bangar said they are still "learning" about the system.

"I don't think it has gone to that extent. We are new to DRS and the rules have been tweaked a bit. It is very much the umpire's call which becomes really really crucial.

"We haven't really sat down and evaluated about it. It is new to us and we are learning with as many games we are playing with DRS. We are in the learning process," Bangar added.

Bangar was asked about "Hot Spot" technology in DRS, which is not being used in the current series.

"I think that is for the administrators to decide as to why they opted to use a technology and why one part of it is not used.

"I think it is for the ICC, BCCI and other administrators to decide. I have neither the authority nor the knowledge to answer your question," he said.

Half-centuries from KL Rahul (51) and Cheteshwar Pujara (79 not out) ensured the hosts fought back well in the 2nd essay after a dismal display in the 1st innings where they were bowled out for 189.

Earlier today, Australia were bowled out for 276 after left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 6 wickets.

Australia lead the 4-Test rubber 1-0 after winning the 1st match in Pune by 333 runs. The 3rd Test starts in Ranchi on March 16.

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