The dubious call helped India and Kohli. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 24 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket by lunch after another top order collapse had reduced India to 22 for 3.
The dubious call helped India and Kohli. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 24 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket by lunch after another top order collapse had reduced India to 22 for 3.

When Indian skipper Virat Kohli was batting on nine with India reeling at 41 for three in chase of 245 to win, offspinner Moeen Ali got one to turn sharply from the rough patch and beat the bat of Kohli. The ball thudded on to the pads.

England appealed, which was turned down, and they instantly took the review. Third umpire Joel Wilson deliberated. Replays showed that the bat and pad were close to each other and there was a spike in the UltraEdge as it went past. However, Wilson deduced that the ball had taken the inside edge of the match, but the England team, who also were seeing the replays on the big screen thought there was not involvement of the bat and the spike in the ultra edge was due to the bat hitting the pad.

The dubious call helped India and Kohli. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 24 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket by lunch after another top order collapse had reduced India to 22 for 3.

Former England allrounder Ian Botham, who was on commentary at the time felt that Kohli had not got a bat to the ball. “I thought he hit his pad, and I think there’s one angle that we see there, where you can actually see daylight as the ball goes past,” said Sir Ian Botham.

“I don’t think anyone even considered an inside edge, the bat is smashing into the pad and moving the pad. I don’t think there’s any bat involved there at all,” he added.

Former England opener Nick Compton called the decision a ‘shocker’.

“i think that the third umpire has had a bit of a shocker, he has taken a short amount of time to make the decision and didn’t even talk about the bat hitting the pad. For me that decision should have been looked at more in depth, I think Kohli got away with one,” he said.

Kohli was eventually out to Ali, caught at forward for 58, adding 49 runs after he survived the lbw decision