WTC Final: Ajinkya got one while Shardul got three lifelines on Day 3

The coveted WTC championship is currently underway at The Oval, and on the third day of the competition - which happened to fall on a Friday - Shardul Thakur and Ajinkya Rahane were seen jubilantly accepting their lifelines.

By Crickified
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Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur during day 3 of WTC

India's performance in the ongoing WTC 2023 Final hasn't been up to par, as they find themselves trailing by 173 runs on Day 2. However, amidst a top-order collapse, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur managed to steady the ship and bring the team into a more competitive position. Regrettably, the Indian batting innings were marred by three umpiring errors that led to three reversals, providing Indian batters with an additional chance at bat in this crucial WTC encounter.


How DRS Review saved Ajinkya, Shardul and Siraj
The World Test Championship (WTC) witnessed a thrilling moment as Ajinkya Rahane made a remarkable comeback in the game. However, Pat Cummins almost ruined it by dismissing him for just 17 runs. Nevertheless, Rahane did not give up and took the bold decision to challenge the umpire's call by opting for a DRS review. To everyone's amazement, the review showed that Cummins had crossed the bowling line and bowled a no-ball. This unexpected twist brought great relief to Indian fans who were following WTC with great enthusiasm.

In a stunning turn of events, Ajinkya Rahane's survival through DRS might have seemed like a fluke, but it happened once more. This time around, during the 60th over, Pat Cummins made the same error again, and Shardul Thakur was able to remain in the game because of it. The Australian captain crossed the bowling line resulting in an out decision from the umpire being overturned through DRS.

Towards the end of the Indian batting line-up, it was evident that the last wicket would soon fall, with Mohammad Siraj joining Mohammad Shami at the crease. Unfortunately, Cameron Green's impressive delivery caught Siraj in front of the wickets and he was given out by the umpire. However, he opted to review the decision.

David Warner and Steve Smith were initially dismissive of the effectiveness of the DRS system, and began walking towards the pavilion. However, to everyone's astonishment, the bat had made contact with the ball, prompting the umpire to overturn his previous decision. Amidst laughter from the crowd, the Australian players returned to the field.

How many DRS reviews are there in Test?
The latest ICC regulations, revised during the pandemic, state that every team will be granted three reviews per inning.

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