India vs Australia: Eagle-eyed Twitter user points out a flaw in Hawk-Eye technology used during DRS call on Day 3

Steve Smith survived an LBW call off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling in Australia's second innings.

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Day 3 of the third Test between India and Australia saw the tide turn in favor of Australia as the hosts made a statement with a terrific bowling performance followed by an assured batting reply. After their first innings total of 338 achieved courtesy a Steve Smith hundred, Australia bundled out India for 244 runs with Pat Cummins picking up 4 wickets.

In reply, Australia lost their two openers, Will Pucovski and David Warner early but Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne ensured the Aussies ended the day 197 runs ahead and 8 wickets in hand. With two more days to go and plenty of time to bat and bowl out India in the final innings, Australia are well and truly on course to take a 2-1 lead in the four match series.

Twitter user notices huge flaw

In the 12th over of Australia’s 2nd innings bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, Steve Smith missed a sweep off an off-break and the appeal from the Indians for LBW was turned down by the umpire. Although skipper Ajinkya Rahane wasn’t convinced, the bowler persuaded him to go for the review.

The Hawk-Eye ball-tracking technology showed that the ball had pitched in-line and going on to marginally clip the stumps leading to an ‘Umpire’s Call’ decision. Smith was hence, deemed not out and India retained their review. But a Twitter user with username ‘iBlatant’ pointed out that the stumps were placed in the wrong position in the projection.

The same turned out to be true as well since it was clearly seen that the ball would have missed the stumps had they been placed correctly. The same would have led India to lose their review which wasn’t the case. The reason for the faulty placement of the stumps is not known but there clearly is a case to argue that it has to be ensured that there aren’t such silly errors creeping into technology.

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