NZ, Lanka involved in a `catch` controversy

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 19:06 PM IST

Mumbai: A controversial decision of the third umpire surrounding a `catch` of Mahela Jayawardene by Nathan McCullum on Friday triggered an angry stand-off between New Zealand and Sri Lankan players in their World Cup Group `A` fixture here on Friday.

Former Sri Lankan captain Jayawardene checked his shot and lifted the ball off McCullum in the 24th over but ended up chipping the ball back to the bowler who made a stunning one-handed diving effort to claim a catch at the Wankhede Stadium.

But umpire Richard Kettleborough was not convinced that the catch had been completed cleanly and referred the appeal to the third umpire Amish Saheba.

After repeated viewings, Saheba ruled in the batsman`s favour much to the chagrin of the New Zealanders. No sooner the third umpire gave his decision, Nathan McCullum was engaged in an angry argument with the umpire and Kiwi stand-in skipper Ross Taylor joined him to protest the decision.

Words were also exchanged between Jayawardene and Nathan McCullum while Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara stood at the other end.

The incident happened when Jayawardene was on 26 and Sri Lanka on 87 for two. Jayawardene and Sangakkara were in the midst of a repair job after Sri Lanka had plunged to 19 for two inside the first five overs.

Jayawardene went on to make 66 and shared a crucial third-wicket partnership of 145 runs with Sangakkara.