Morgan lashes out at umpiring

'Root decision proved costly'

Morgan lashes out at umpiring

 England captain Eoin Morgan was critical of the umpiring in the second T20 international, stating that a couple of decisions might have cost them the series win against India on Sunday.

 England needed eight runs off the last over with Joe Root looking solid at 38. Jasprit Bumrah’s first ball hit him on his pad when he tried to play across. Indians appealed and umpire C Shamshuddin raised his finger. Root, who had edged the ball onto his pads, made his displeasure apparent as he left the crease, and Morgan felt the decision shifted the momentum of the game. It indeed did. A ball later, Jos Buttler was bowled by Bumrah as India stole a five-run victory to keep themselves alive in the three- match series.

Before that, Shamshuddin had given India captain Virat Kohli not out when Jordan had rapped him on his pad, but replays showed the ball would have hitt the stumps.

“There is extreme frustration, absolutely. It shifted momentum — first ball of the 20th over, losing a batsman who's faced 40 balls on a wicket that's not that easy to time, it is quite a bit of a hammer blow. It proved very costly all things considered. A couple of decisions didn't go our way and we still should have won the game and that's a big positive for us,” he said.

Asked if they would have a word with Shamshuddin, Morgan said: “We have an opportunity to do before the next game, there's always feedback given through the match referee in our report. Absolutely.”

The errors have made England highlight the need for DRS in T20 internationals as well. “Even if it's just for World Cup games you'd accept it. If this was a World Cup game tonight and we were out of the World Cup or lost a World Cup final we'd be spewing. There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a one-day match so no reason why it shouldn't be used,” Morgan said.

“Needing eight off the final over, we should have won the game anyway. The fact that (umpiring) comes out of today's game as a highlight is disappointing, it shouldn't be like that.”

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