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MUMBAI: Eoin Mor­gan has lashed out at the um­pir­ing stan­dards in Eng­land’s fiverun loss to In­dia in a T20 in­ter­na­tional on Sun­day, with the cap­tain say­ing his side would re­port their con­cerns to the match ref­eree.

Chas­ing 145 to take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead, Eng­land needed eight runs from the fi­nal over but pace­man Jasprit Bum­rah held his nerve, con­ced­ing just two runs while claim­ing two wick­ets as In­dia squared the three-match se­ries.

Set bats­man Joe Root was given out leg be­fore off the first ball of the over de­spite edg­ing the de­liv­ery onto his pads, and Mor­gan felt it had changed the out­come of the game.

“There is ex­treme frus­tra­tion, ab­so­lutely,” Mor­gan told re­porters.

“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 ham­mer blow.

“It’s 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. That we didn’t, is dis­ap­point­ing.”

Root was on 38 when he was given out by In­dian um­pire Chet­tithody Shamshud­din and with no De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem (DRS) avail­able for the se­ries, Eng­land had no way of sav­ing the bats­man.

Mor­gan, frus­trated by the same of­fi­cial ear­lier when In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli sur­vived what ap­peared to be a plumb lbw ap­peal, said Eng­land would raise the is­sue to match ref­eree Andy Py­croft.

“We have an op­por­tu­nity to do that be­fore the next game, there’s al­ways feed­back given through the match ref­eree on our re­port,” Mor­gan added.

The Eng­land cap­tain said it was a “con­cern” that DRS was not used dur­ing the short­est for­mat, though it was present for the pre­ced­ing Test and 50-over se­ries.

“Even if it’s just for World Cup games you’d ac­cept it,” he said.

“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.

“The fact it’s not (avail­able) is a con­cern. There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a one-day match, so (there’s) no rea­son why it shouldn’t be used.”

Eng­land have en­joyed lit­tle suc­cess dur­ing their tour to In­dia – they lost 4-0 in the five Test match se­ries af­ter draw­ing the first game and lost 2-1 in the ODI se­ries that fol­lowed.

The de­cid­ing T20 in­ter­na­tional be­tween the two na­tions will be played to­mor­row at M Chin­naswamy Sta­dium in Ban­ga­lore at 3.30pm – Reuters

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