The Decision Review System debate refuses to go away despite India enjoying a 50-50 call but little else in their seven-wicket loss to Australia in the second one-day international in Brisbane.
George Bailey (76 not out) helped Australia eclipse India’s 8-308 with six balls to spare on Friday night – a record ODI run chase at the Gabba.
Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series after remarkably chasing down 300-plus targets in back-to-back games.
But the DRS – or lack thereof – was again the talking point after Rohit Sharma (124) earned man-of-the-match honours following a crucial 50-50 call.
Sharma was given not out on 89 despite a big knick heard on the stump microphone but Australia could not challenge the call due to India’s stubborn refusal to use DRS.
The good fortune flew in the face of captain MS Dhoni’s view after the opening ODI loss that India were getting the raw end of 50-50 calls from umpires as payback for their decision to brush the DRS.
Dhoni made the call in Perth after Bailey was incorrectly given not out first ball for a caught behind appeal and went on to make a match-turning 112 in the first ODI.
Australian opener Aaron Finch admitted he preferred to see a DRS “blanket rule”.
“I’d like to see consistency around the world – either it is used or not but India have the right to not use it,” he said.
“If the (world body) ICC made a blanket rule that everyone had to use it there would be no debate.
“(But) I don’t think it is going to change any time soon.”
Dhoni wouldn’t bite when asked about Sharma’s good luck on Friday.
“Are you talking about the edge? I won’t answer that because (of the reaction to) last time I was asked about George Bailey,” Dhoni smiled.
India’s luck ran out during Australia’s run chase.
Shaun Marsh – replacing David Warner (paternity leave) – was dropped four times in a 145-run opening stand with Finch (both 71).
India still had a sniff when Umesh Yadav bowled last game centurion Steve Smith (46) to reduce Australia to 3-244 in the 41st over.
But Bailey picked up where he left off from the first ODI to help Australia pull off the highest limited-overs Gabba run chase.
Australia reached 3-309 by the end of the 49th over.
Earlier, Sharma backed up from his unbeaten 171 in Perth to notch the highest ODI Gabba score by an Indian opener.
He shared a 121-run third wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane (89) and a 125-run second wicket partnership with Virat Kohli (59).
James Faulkner (2-64) and Joel Paris (1-40) reeled in India, who lost 6-75 in the final 10 overs.
The third ODI will be in Melbourne on Sunday.