Thursday 24 July 2008 

India And Sri Lanka Make History With First Referrals

At 1119 local time (0549 GMT), Anil Kumble created history on day two of the opening Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo by asking on field umpire Mark Benson to refer an lbw decision upstairs to the third umpire.

Harbhajan Singh was the bowler and Malinda Warnapura the batsman.

It was the first ever challenge under the Umpire Review System which is being trialled in this series and third umpire Rudi Koertzen spent two minutes deliberating over the decision before agreeing with his colleague that the ball would not have hit Warnapura's stumps.

Tillakaratne Dilshan later successfully challenged Benson when he adjudged that the batsman had been caught behind the wicket off of Zaheer Khan.

Each side has three unsuccessful challenges per innings.

Warnapura went on to make his second Test century before Harbhajan had him caught at slip, where no referral was required, for 115.

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