Mayank Agarwal was batting well but lost his wicket in controversial fashion
India would have hoped for Mayank Agarwal to continue doing well after a quality 58 in the second innings of the ongoing Test.
The 29-year-old was one of the few that didn’t crumble under pressure in the first innings and looked set for a huge score in the second.
However, any hopes of that were dashed in the 39th over as he seemed to have flicked a Tim Southee ball to BJ Watling.
The New Zealand fielders appealed in unison and Aleem Dar was quick to raise the finger. Agarwal was also walking back but decided to review the call after a discussion with Virat Kohli.
The replays presented a different picture as hotspot didn’t show a proper edge from the ball. However, snickometer showed a slight deviation when the ball went past the bat.
The bat was also hitting the ground at the same time, but that wasn’t enough evidence for the third umpire to overturn Dar’s original decision.
This was a bitter pill to swallow for the impressive Agarwal, and many fans vent out their frustration over the call:
Nothing on the hotspot but there is a spike on the RTS , which was due to bat hitting the ground, but we lose the review & Mayank Agarwal unlucky, 3rd umpire #MichaelGough gives a ridiculous decision (worst umpiring) @imVkohli @BCCI @SGanguly99 #INDvsNZTestCricket #INDvNZ
— Girish Yadav (@girishkumar2012) February 23, 2020
Mayank Agarwal was really classy in 2nd innings. His shot selection and execution was lesson to players like shah..
Unfortunately he got out the ball which doesn't deserve wicket.
— Rangu 🙂 (@ranga_swamy) February 23, 2020
Mayank Agarwal does all the hardwork required, and just throws his wicket away when he has began to settle. Hope he'll learn from this experience and improves his conversion rate. He's one of those batsmen in India who is well suited to play overseas.#NZvIND
— Srinivasa Raghavan (@psraghavn) February 23, 2020
Aleem Dar Eyes & Ear coordination should be
the head-scratching challenge for the medical research when he gave "Mayank Agarwal" out, moreover, Third Umpire #MichaelGough blindfolded & painfully took 3-4 min with all the gadgets to give a decision on DRS
Pujara Kohli @ICC @BCCI pic.twitter.com/7AHC0MC81k
— Dinda Sakka (@dinda_sakka) February 23, 2020
Unlucky Mayank Agarwal.. But he shows his patience and technique.
— Rohit Sharma™ (@Ro45FC_) February 23, 2020
Indian batsmen fail in second innings too
The second innings was always going to be difficult for India, given that they scored just 165 in the first.
However, several batsmen gave away their wickets cheaply and put the away side in trouble.
The onus is now on Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari to save the Test. The pair have 40 runs between them in the second innings and have to battle hard as India trail the Kiwis by 39 runs.
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