IPL 2019: Controversy erupts as Ravi Ashwin bowls 7-ball over
It seems like the Kings XI Punjab skipper cannot just have a normal game.
Published - Mar 30, 2019 5:08 pm | Updated - Mar 30, 2019 5:16 pm
The Indian Premier League has more or less become synonymous with umpiring errors. The last couple of seasons or so were marred by umpiring howlers and the ongoing season is shaping out in pretty much the same fashion. Just a couple of days after, the Royal Challengers Bangalore fell victim to a bizarre umpiring error when umpire S Ravi could not see Lasith Malinga overstepping on the very final delivery of the high-scoring thriller.
Well, another potential controversy has erupted in the ongoing game between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Mohali. In fact, it happened right in the first over of the game after Kings skipper Ravi Ashwin won the toss and decided to field first. The off-spinner decided to start the proceedings with the ball himself with his Mumbai Indians counterpart Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock in the middle.
But by the time the over came to an end, Ashwin had bowled not six but seven deliveries while none of it was called a wide or no-ball. In fact, on the extra, seventh ball of the over, he was hit for a four by Quinton. Mumbai skipper had driven the first ball for no run before scampering for a single on the following delivery. It was followed by a sequence of dot, one, dot and one before Ashwin delivered another ball and conceded a four.
Cricbuzz later reported that the first ball of the over was a dead ball as although Rohit had played a shot, he was not ready to face the delivery.
Mumbai Indians start strong
Buoyed by the win in the previous encounter against Royal Challengers, the Mumbai-based outfit has started strongly in their third game of the season. Rohit and Quinton took the team past the 50-run mark in just the fifth over. Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav then departed in quick succession before de Kock and Yuvraj Singh steadied the ship.
At the halfway stage of their innings, the three-time winners were comfortably placed at 91 for 2.