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Liton out or not out?

  • Published at 08:25 pm June 24th, 2019
Bangladesh's Liton Das reacts after being dismissed during their World Cup match against Afghanistan in Southampton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Southampton

There might be a debate as to whether benefit of the doubt goes to a batsman, but the third umpire gave preference to the on-field umpire’s call

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib elected to bowl first against Bangladesh in their World Cup game at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. 

The Tigers made a change in their opening stand as Liton Kumar Das came in to open the innings, instead of Soumya Sarkar, with Tamim Iqbal. 

The strategy was taken to tackle Afghan off-spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman as Bangladesh opted for a left-right combination. 

Liton was playing comfortably in the first few overs and scored 16 off 16 deliveries with two boundaries. 

But in the third ball of the fifth over, Liton played an uppish drive and Hashmatullah Shahidi took a low catch. 

The catch did not look clean in the naked eye. 

Liton was standing at the crease, although the Afghanistan players were celebrating.

The umpires called for a replay and the soft signal was out. 

The TV replays showed that the ball almost touched the ground, but perhaps, the Shahidi’s right-hand finger was beneath the ball, and thus, third umpire Aleem Dar did not overturn the on-field umpire’s decision in the end. 

The third umpire said on the loud speaker that he didn't see anything conclusive to overturn the decision. 

But, it was a 50-50 chance and generally, these kind of catches are often overturned. 

It'll generate plenty of debate for sure. 

There might be a debate as to whether benefit of the doubt goes to a batsman, but the third umpire gave preference to the on-field umpire’s call.



Liton c Shahidi b Mujeeb     16    17

Tamim b Nabi            36    53

Shakib lbw b Mujeeb         51    69

Mushfiq c Nabi b Dawlat     83    87

Soumya lbw b Mujeeb     3    10

Mahmudullah c Nabi b Naib    27    38

Mosaddek b Naib        35    24

Saifuddin not out        2    2

Extras (w 9)            9 

Total (50 Overs)        262/7 

Fall Of Wickets

1-23 (Liton), 2-82 (Tamim), 3-143 (Shakib), 4-151 (Soumya), 5-207 (Mahmudullah), 6-251 (Mushfiq), 7-262 (Mosaddek)


Mujeeb 10-0-39-3, Dawlat 9-0-64-1, Nabi 10-0-44-1, Naib 10-1-56-2, Rashid 10-0-52-0, Rahmat 1-0-7-0


Naib c Liton b Shakib             47    75

Rahmat c Tamim b Shakib         24    35

Shahidi st Mushfiq b Mosaddek     11    31

Afghan c sub (Sabbir) b Shakib     20    38

Nabi b Shakib                 0    2

Shinwari not out            49    51

Alikhil run out (Liton)            11    12

Najibullah st Mushfiq b Shakib     23    23

Rashid c Mashrafe b Mustafizur     2    3

Dawlat c Mushfiq b Mustafizur     0    8

Mujeeb b Saifuddin            0    4

Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 6)            13 

Total (47 Overs)            200 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-49 (Rahmat), 2-79 (Shahidi), 3-104 (Naib), 4-104 (Nabi), 5-117 (Afghan), 6-132 (Alikhil), 7-188 (Najibullah), 8-191 (Rashid), 9-195 (Dawlat), 10-200 (Mujeeb)


Mashrafe 7-0-37-0, Mustafizur 8-1-32-2, Saifuddin 8-0-33-1, Shakib 10-1-29-5, Miraz 8-0-37-0, Mosaddek 6-0-25-1

Bangladesh won by 62 runs

MoM: Shakib al Hasan