First Test Tidbits
Much ado about nothing
It was the fifth ball of the 128th over. Mehedi Hasan Miraz charged down the wicket to meet a Rahkeem Cornwell delivery and played a lofted shot to long-on. Fielder John Campbell, who was stationed on the rope, initially wanted to catch it but when he realized it was not possible, he flicked the ball while keeping his balance before jumping over the boundary. The television umpire took a couple of minutes before judging it was not a six and it was revealed the batsmen – Miraz and Taijul Islam - did not even bother to run while ball watching. It was a great effort from Campbell but a sloppy one from the batters.
Mustafizur, Moseley and review merry-go-round
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers giving a lot of trouble especially to left-handed batsmen. Debutant Shayne Moseley felt the music and ultimately got out for two off 23 when he was adjudged leg before. Before the ultimate dismissal, there were as many as three reviews to overturn the umpires’ decisions. The very first delivery he faced, fifth ball of the fifth over, he initially appeared plumb in front but after a short discussion with his batting partner Kraigg Brathwaite he went for a review to find the ball brush the edge of his bat. In the next Mustafizur over, he was given not out and a Bangladesh review showed the ball would have hit the stump but the batsman survived by the umpire’s call. Four overs later, the hosts decided to review a failed leg before appeal but the third umpire decided the small spikes of the ultra edge were induced by ball hitting the bat before pad and Mosely survived. However, the very next ball, the final one of the 11th over saw the demise of the batsman. A Mustafizur yorker hit his toe but the batsman thought he hit the ball only to find the third umpire overturn his appeal and retain umpire’s verdict to reconfirm his dismissal.