- Speaking after the match, RCB skipper Kohli said: "We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket. That's just a ridiculous call off the last ball.
- Kohli was hugely disappointed after Lasith Malinga escaped with a no-ball off the all-important final delivery of the game as Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League on Thursday, 28 March.
- Had the no-ball been given, RCB would have had the chance to win the game.
A controversial final delivery saw the Mumbai Indians take a six-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL after the umpires missed a glaring no-ball.
With the Royal Challengers needing seven runs for victory off the final ball of the match, and six runs to send the game to a super-over, Shivam Dube could only dig out a Lasith Malinga yorker down to long-on, giving the Indians victory.
And it was a NO-BALL
How in the world did the umpire not pick up that last ball no ball? And if he didn’t, shouldn’t the third umpire be in the ear of the on field ump and call it? Fine margins in this game.: and stakes much too high to allow such major errors in the IPL #RCBvsMI
— Citizen/नागरिक/Dost Rajdeep (@sardesairajdeep) March 28, 2019
However, TV replays showed that Malinga overstepped with his final ball, which should have resulted in an extra delivery and bonus run for the Royal Challengers, changing the equation to six runs from one ball.
Instead, though, the umpires had deemed that the match was over, giving the Indians victory by six runs.
Kohli fumes over bad-umpiring
Speaking afterwards, Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli was left fuming with the incident that had cost his side a chance at victory.
“We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket – that’s just a ridiculous call off the last ball,” Kohli told commentator Ian Bishop.
Kohli was livid over the no-ball that wasn’t called off the last delivery. But as Rohit pointed out, #MI also suffered when a Bumrah delivery was declared a wide when it wasn’t. Shoddy umpiring overall.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2019
“The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch.”
“It’s a completely different game altogether. If it’s a game of margins, I don’t know what’s happening. They should have been sharper and more careful out there.”
“Greater use of technology to not repeat such mistakes”, says Rohit Sharma
When asked for his view, Sharma concurred with his India skipper, also calling for greater use of technology to ensure such mistakes are not repeated.
“Honestly, I just got to (no ball) know when we crossed the rope, these kinds of things are not good for cricket,” Sharma said at the presentation ceremony. “One of the Bumrah’s deliveries wasn’t wide. Players can’t do much. I’m very disappointed to see that.”
At the press conference that followed the game, Rohit said umpiring errors are bad for the game irrespective of whether the crucial decisions favour his side or not.
“Winning and losing doesn’t matter. It’s not good for the game of cricket, as simple as that,” he said. “Those sort of mistakes, we have to avoid. For us, as players, if we make mistakes, we pay for it. So it’s not good for the game. Eventually, the game will start moving in different directions if these things keep happening. Whatever I have had to say, I’ve said it.
BCCI should come up with a solution
Absolutely right https://t.co/XllCPFF7Gh
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2019
“I seriously don’t know what the solution is. ICC, BCCI and all those decision makers should come up with a solution. I’m not authorised to make a call on it. I’ve said whatever I’ve had to say because it’s not good for the game. Whatever is not good for the game, I’m not going to stand for it. It’s pretty simple, those decisions can cost you games, and those games can hurt you towards the end of the tournament. We prepare so much to win this tournament, those mistakes are not acceptable.”
RCB vs MI: As it happened
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 28, 2019
Earlier, the Indians posted 187/8 from their 20 overs, with an onslaught from former South African batsman AB de Villiers getting the Royal Challengers close.
From just 41 balls, de Villiers belted 70 runs not out at a strike rate of over 170, with four fours and six sixes.
The Royal Challengers were left needing 17 runs from the final over, bowled by Malinga, with Dube hitting the first ball for six, leaving 11 needed from five.
To his credit though, Malinga would hold his nerve, his next five balls going for just four runs, before the controversial end to an otherwise enthralling game.
The win gave Mumbai their first victory of the season, lifting the Indians off the foot of the IPL ladder, while Bangalore is still yet to taste success in 2019, winless from their opening two matches.
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