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IPL 2019: Twitter slams umpires for not spotting no-ball in RCB-MI game

Kohli and Rohit also criticised the umpires.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The seventh match of this year’s Indian Premier League saw a major umpiring howler taking place. The thrilling game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians (MI) was more or less overshadowed by what happened on the very last ball of the game. Chasing 188, the Royal Challengers (RCB) needed 7 runs off the final delivery to cross the line and 6 to send the match to a super-over.

However, debutant Shivam Dube failed to score off Lasith Malinga’s bowling, thus Mumbai Indians won the game by 6 runs. TV replays then showed that that the veteran pacer had overstepped which was missed by the on-field umpires. The players had no option but to walk off the field as a superb game of cricket ended in a disappointing manner. Both umpires C Nandan and ICC Elite Panel’s S Ravi bungled completely leaving Virat Kohli seething in anger.

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Following the game, a livid Kohli did not refrain from speaking his mind out. The furious RCB skipper made it clear that such kinds of umpiring errors at such a high level of the game were not acceptable.

“We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there,” said Kohli.

In fact, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma also lashed out at the error, saying that the umpiring errors like these are not good for the game.

“I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple, the over before that. Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball. Those are game-changers,” said Rohit.

The defeat meant Royal Challengers’ losing start to the season continued. RCB had lost their first game to defending champions Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, bounced back from the defeat in their tournament opener to Mumbai Indians.

But the result of the game was not the talking point at all as the cricketing world slammed the umpiring error.

Here are some of the reactions:

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