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Watch: Puraja survives an lbw with a weird rule


Indian right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara survived an lbw decision in the ongoing Ranji Trophy final with a weird rule in Indian domestic cricket.

Pujara in Ranji Trophy

The final match of the 86th season of Ranji Trophy, the biggest first-class tournament in Indian domestic cricket, is being played in Rajkot between Saurasthra and Bengal.

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During the first innings of Saurasthra, Indian right-handed batsman Cheteshwar Pujara escaped from an lbw decision according to the nine meter rule used regarding lbw decisions in Indian domestic cricket due to the lack of DRS technologies.

It was the delivery from Shabhaz Ahmed of Bengal and the ball hit the pad of Pujara before hitting the bat. But the on field umpire declared it not out following the appeal from Bengal. It insisted Bengal to go for DRS and  they took it.

Replays suggested that ball was pitching in line and it hit the front pad first. But due to the lack of DRS technologies it is hard to find the impact. For that they have made a rule that if batsman stretched his leg over nine meter, then it will be declared out. The nine meter mark is there in both sides of the pitch.

According to the rule Cheteshwar Pujara was declared not out. It frustrated the Bengal players and they had some arguments with the on field umpires as it was almost their sixth wicket in the innings.

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