UDRS cost us the game: Ireland skipper
Mohali: Ireland skipper William Porterfield on Friday blasted the UDRS which ruled well-set batsman Gary Wilson out at a crucial stage and said the controversial decision had cost them the game.
Wilson`s controversial lbw decision, which was upheld by UDRS, derailed Ireland`s runchase as they lost to West Indies by 44 runs after going strongly at one stage and Porterfield said the technology was meant to eradicate bad decisions and not otherwise.
"We are very disappointed with the decision. It cost us the game," the skipper told reporters. "With technology, you are supposed to eradicate the mistakes. But if you give decisions like that then I don`t know," Porterfield, who was critical of the decision to give Wilson out, said when asked to comment on the UDSR system.
Wilson was batting on 61 off 62 balls, that included six hits to the fence and a six, when he was ruled out LBW to West Indies skipper Darren Sammy in the 42nd over by Sri Lankan umpire Ashoka de Silva.
Sammy`s ball landed in line with the offstump and was moving in with the seam but the batsman was not convinced and asked for a review. TV replays showed that the ball was just about kissing the off stump and left the decision to the on-field umpire.
Even though, the decision stood an agitated Wilson refused to leave the ground which forced De Silva to again go back upstairs. And in the end, the Irish right-hander was given out, which clearly brought UDRS again under the scanner.
Chasing 276 for a win, Ireland were in a strong position after a 91-run fourth-wicket stand between Ed Joyce (84) and Wilson (61). But after Wilson`s controversial lbw decision, Ireland collapsed and were all out for 231.
Porterfield said from the replays it was clear that Wilson was playing a shot and the ball was just kissing the off stump, making it doubtful to rule the batsman out.
"The technology is supposed to eradicate the mistakes, but in this case it didn`t. We had partnerships going. The score was chaseable," a visibly upset skipper said.
"In my opinion they got it wrong, that was the crucial stage (of the game) and we had players to follow," he said. His West Indies counterpart Darren Sammy said the batsman should have left straight away as on-field umpire`s decision is always final and should be followed.
"At the end of the day, if the umpire in-charge gave out, it is final and that`s what I have learnt ever since I started playing cricket. It is not the first time that we people questioned the umpires. I am happy that my team won. The umpire in-charge did what he had to do," Sammy said at a separate news conference here.
Asked about his conversation with Wilson on the field after the batsman was given out, Sammy said, "I personally tried to tell him that at the end of the day the umpire gave you out, so don`t hang around and make an issue out of it and face fine."
"I have seen a brief review of the decision on the big screens (inside the ground). I have not really sat down and looked at it. I was happy that we got him out. That was the main focus for us, maybe I will have a look at it later," he said when asked if he had seen the TV replays.
The UDRS has come under scanner ever since the start of the World Cup with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pakistan former captain Rashid Latif, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara along with many others expressing their concerns on the new innovation.
Ireland will next face South Africa and the Netherlands in their remaining league matches and Porterfield said that Friday`s game "was a massive game for us" and after the loss his team is looking forward to winning both the games now.
He also gave credit to the bowlers for the way they had restricted the West Indies, especially during the first 15 overs and towards the end of innings.
Porterfield also praised West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard, who struck a blistering 94, and Devon Smith for hitting a ton.
He said Pollard was a dangerous batsman who had the ability to tear apart even a good bowling attack.