Unmoved on DRS, unmoved in the middle

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 05:00 27/01/2014
Mitchell McClenaghan
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OH COME ON: Black Caps paceman Mitchell McClenaghan can't believe his luck as umpire Rod Tucker turns down his appeal for a caught behind.

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Mitchell McClenaghan looked incredulous, Rod Tucker was adamant and Ravindra Jadeja stood like a statue.

India's refusal to agree to use the decision review system in any bilateral series they play effectively paid dividends for the tourists in a pulsating finish to the third ODI in Auckland.

Jadeja, in full flight, clearly looked to have edged New Zealand fast bowler McClenaghan to gloveman Luke Ronchi on 42, in the 47th over with the game going down to the wire.

McClenaghan made a loud appeal and began to celebrate but Australian umpire Tucker was unmoved. Jadeja, knowing there would be no DRS challenge, stood his ground and played on.

Sky Television's Snicko showed a clear edge and New Zealand's DRS challenge would have been upheld, and in all likelihood New Zealand would have won the game.

The DRS is non-negotiable for series involving India. The all-powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India has long expressed its doubts over the accuracy of ball tracking technology, which is used with Hot Spot and Real Time Snicko to aid the third umpire in series involving other countries. Both countries have to agree pre-series for the DRS to be used.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admitted it was a crucial moment in the game, as India went on to tie with Jadeja 66 not out, but the skipper bit his tongue.

''I was pretty confident he nicked it but that's the game. Sometimes you don't get the rub of the green and we've got to live with it. We had other opportunities which we let slip through the fingers more so than that,'' McCullum said.

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