Was Chamari Athapaththu’s Dismissal The Turning Point In UP’s Loss? Jon Lewis Shares His Views

Up Warriorz’s head coach, Jon Lewis, shared his views when it came to decoding the reasons for the team’s loss against RCB.

The coach did not shy away from sharing his views on Chamari Athapaththu’s dismissal.
The warriors lost the match by 23 runs against RCB; however, one of the most debatable points of discussion was Athapaththu’s dismissal.

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Jon Lewis said, “You watch the ball with the naked eye, and you think it might pitch in line, just maybe,” Lewis said after the game. “Then you look at the ball rotating, and well, it’s rotating like a legspinner. There are not many legspinners that go towards that [other] side. It was a fascinating dismissal and a massive turning point for us in that game.”

The coach also said that it was quite frustrating to lose Athapaththu in that fashion, as the left-hander, along with Haley, was making things tough for RCB.

Lewis went on to say that they are still quite upset with the decision of the umpire. 

Lewis said, “Chamari is an amazing player, and you saw how difficult it was when a left-hander and a right-hander were batting together, of the quality of Smriti [Mandhana] and Ellyse Perry. And they are able to access the short side of the ground. That was one of the reasons why we picked Chamari—to be able to access the short side of the ground for both the right and the left-hander. So to lose her in that way was incredibly frustrating.”
“I don’t know the ins and outs of Hawk-Eye and the technology and how it works. But it was certainly an interesting passage of play and something that we are pretty frustrated about.”

During UP’s run chase, Sri Lankan batter Chamari Athapaththu was dismissed on a delivery by Georgia Wearham as the batter missed a sweep shot and was struck on the pad.

The reply showed that it was a leg spin delivery from Wearham; however, when the Hawak eye did the projection, the delivery turned out to be Googly, and it hit the stumps, which gave RCB their much-needed breakthrough.

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