Replays showed Hridoy's bat was near the crease while Warner had reached the other end but the umpire still gave Warner out
Australian batsman and captain of the Sylhet Sixers David Warner expressed some frustration at the third umpires’ decision regarding his run-out, though he said he would have to accept the umpires decision. His team lost a tense low-scoring encounter in the BPL against Comilla Victorians where Comilla chased down the 128-run target with just one delivery and four wickets to spare in Mirpur.
During the fifth over Warner ran but the batsman on the other end Towhid Hridoy stood on his crease as the bails at the bowler's end had been taken off. There was confusion as to who was out with both men were at one end as the on field umpires went upstairs. Replays showed Hridoy's bat was near the crease while Warner had reached the other end but the umpire still gave Warner out.
“The guys said it wasn’t [the right decision]. I didn’t see what happened. But apparently I was in. If you are standing behind the camera and you miss a decision like that, I don’t know. I can’t speak on their behalf of the one who makes the decision. If I wasn’t out, I wasn’t out. I have to accept the decision,” Warner explained during the post match press conference at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla national stadium.
The big-hitting batsman was happy with the performance of the local players. Especially with the bowling of Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain and gave Warner an idea that a low total like 130 can almost be defended by his bowlers.
“It is important that I use the local players in my team, their experience and knowledge to understand the players we are playing against. Taskin and Al-Amin know their fielding positions. They know what balls to bowl. It is my captaincy style – I let them be responsible for the 24 balls. They did a good job out there. I was very happy with them. We know that we can almost defend 130,” added Warner.
Warner’s team took on his fellow Australian Steven Smith’s captained Comilla Victorians. Both the players are nearing the end of their year-long ban from international cricket by Cricket Australia after being caught ball-tampering in what is now known as “Sandpapergate”. They were both present at the toss before the match: “It is great to see both of us out here leading the teams. We will try to give as much knowledge to the younger players.”
3RD MATCH, CVvSS
SYLHET SIXERS INNINGS R B
Liton c Smith b Mahedi 1 5
Warner run out (Shahid/Imrul/Malik)14 13
Towhid lbw b Afridi 8 24
Afif b Saifuddin 19 16
Sabbir c Anamul b Mahedi 7 5
Pooran c Haider b Shahid 41 26
Kapali c Tamim b Saifuddin 19 20
Taskin b Shahid 4 7
Lamichhane not out 1 2
Al-Amin not out 1 2
Extras (b 4, lb 5, w 3) 12
Total (20 Overs) 127/8
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Liton), 2-23 (Warner), 3-46 (Afif), 4-46 (Towhid), 5-56 (Sabbir), 6-111 (Pooran), 7-122 (Kapali), 8-124 (Taskin)
Haider 2-0-10-0, Mahedi 4-0-24-2, Malik 4-1-20-0, Shahid 3-0-22-2, Afridi 4-1-29-1, Saifuddin 3-0-13-2
COMILLA VICTORIANS INNINGS R B
Tamim run out (Pooran) 35 34
Lewis c Afif b Al-Amin 5 9
Imrul b Irfan 0 4
Smith c Liton b Al-Amin 16 17
Malik c Sabbir b Lamichhane 13 20
Anamul b Lamichhane 5 5
Afridi not out 39 25
Saifuddin not out 5 6
Extras (b 1, lb 5, nb 1, w 5) 12
Total (19.5 Overs) 130/6
Fall Of Wickets
1-16 (Lewis), 2-21 (Imrul), 3-51 (Smith), 4-75 (Malik), 5-83 (Anamul), 6-97 (Tamim)
Taskin 4-0-31-0, Irfan 4-0-19-1, Al-Amin 4-0-27-2, Afif 1-0-7-0, Kapali 2.5-0-24-0, Lamichhane 4-0-16-2
Comilla Victorians won by four wickets
MoM: Shahid Afridi (CV)