Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo express his frustration after the faulty DLS decision in the 2nd T20I against New Zealand.
New Zealand scored 173 for the loss of 5 wickets in 17.5 overs and after the following rain the big screen at McLean Park in Napier, the official BlackCaps Twitter handle, and the ICC website all said Bangladesh’s target after DLS calculations were 148 in 16.
However, the play halted just 9 balls after Bangladesh’s run-chase started. The match officials came up with a revised target of 170 runs in 16 overs. The target was increased by one more run after another revision after the 13th over.
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Russell Domingo slams DLS decision 2nd T20I vs New Zealand
“There was an operational issue at the ground, which meant the DLS sheet could not be handed over to the teams. The target score was verbally communicated to the umpires at the start of the innings. However, play had to be halted after 1.3 overs as the teams requested for the DLS sheet to know the targets at different points during the innings. Play was resumed once the DLS sheets were provided to the teams,” an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo has been left ‘frustrated’ due to the bizarre DLS drama on Tuesday. He said that he has never been part of a match where the batsmen start the run-chase uncertain about the DLS target. He asserted that the chase should not at all have started without any clear confirmation of the actual target.
“I don’t think I have been involved in a game before where batters go out and don’t know what the DLS target is,” Domingo said. “There was a lot of rain around. Nobody had any idea of how many we needed after five or six overs. I don’t think the game should have started until it was finalised, before there was a clear indication of what is required, and what we needed at certain stages. I don’t quite think it [the conduct of the match] was good enough this evening.
“[When we met the match referee] they were still waiting for the printouts and calculations to take place. I think if you are waiting, the game can’t start before you get it. What was explained now was that they normally get it one or two balls into the innings, but hadn’t received it yet. They were waiting for it. There were delays and all sorts of stuff. No excuses [for the defeat], but this is just very frustrating for us.
“They couldn’t delay the game much longer, because they were running out of overs.
“I don’t think a team fields for that long in that much rain,” Domingo said, also questioning the conditions in which the game was played. “It was slippery. The ball was wet. No excuses but it all seemed to be stacked against us this evening in terms of the conditions. I have never seen a game starting in rain when we came out for four or five overs. I don’t think the rules have changed but I was under the impression the covers don’t come off until rain stops,” Russell Domingo said.
The hosts managed to restrict Bangladesh to 142 for 7 in 16 overs and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.