After limiting Sri Lanka to 257/9 in the initial innings of the Super Four showdown, Bangladesh found themselves in dire straits, losing four wickets with a total score shy of 100. The top-order batsmen faltered, but it was their key player, Shakib Al Hasan, who disappointed the most with the bat, managing just four runs.
However, the all-rounder’s fortunes almost took a turn when the umpire appeared to save him, but the presence of technology for precise decision-making thwarted his stay at the crease. During the 16th over of the innings, delivered by Matheesha Pathirana, the fourth ball of the over landed just short of a good length outside off.
Shakib tentatively prodded at the ball, and a distinct sound was heard as it passed the bat. The Sri Lankan players were confident in their appeal for dismissal, emitting a resounding chorus. Yet, the umpire remained motionless and ruled the batter not out.
However, Sri Lanka wasted no time in opting for a review, buoyed by their certainty. Their faith in the decision was vindicated when the UltraEdge technology revealed a clear spike as the ball brushed past the willow.
This prompted the Bangladesh all-rounder to make his way back to the pavilion, eliciting joyful cheers from the Sri Lankan side. Observers on Twitter took notice of the incident, and the umpire soon found himself under intense scrutiny due to his earlier oversight.