Third umpire uses ball-tracking to determine no-ball call as fans react

DC vs RCB WPL 2023: The second match of the much-awaited Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) match between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is being played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, March 5.

The DC vs RCB match, the second match being played in the inaugural WPL, saw the rare use of a ball-tracing system to determine no-ball calls. Ball tracing system is generally used for leg before wicket (LBW) in DRS review.

During the match, Delhi Capitals batsman Jemimah Rodrigues opted for a review to check a waist-high no-ball after the on-field umpire did not signal a no-ball on Megan Schutt’s full toss.

The ball tracker showed that the delivery was not a no-ball as the ball was poised to hit the stumps after crossing Jemimah.

Jemimah was able to use the DRS review for the no-ball due to changes in WPL playing conditions.

Section 3.1.1 of the WPL Playing Regulations states, “A player may be permitted to review any decision taken by the on-field umpires regarding a wide or no ball.”

The new rule was used for the first time in the WPL by MI skipper Harmanpreet Kaur as she reviewed the umpire’s decision despite Gujarat Giants batsman Monica Patel being dismissed.

Here’s how fans reacted to the rare event…

The ICC no-ball rule: Clause 41.7.1 of the Laws of Cricket affirms: “Any delivery which, without pitching, is above or near the waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease, is considered Unfair. Whenever such a delivery is bowled, the umpire shall call and signal a no ball.”

Batting first as soon as they came into the match, Delhi Capitals scored 223/2 in 20 overs. Shafali Verma (84 off 45 balls) and Meg Lanning (72 off 43 balls) were DC’s top scorers in the first innings. Delhi Capitals have now made the biggest total in the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023). In reply, RCB could manage just 163 runs in 20 overs as Delhi started their WPL campaign with a win.

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