In a last-over thriller, Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday evening. But it was an umpiring blunder that led to a huge uproar after the match.
On-field umpire S Ravi failed to call a no-ball off Lasith Malinga on the last ball of the match. After watching the replay on the giant screen, RCB skipper Virat Kohli criticized the decision and said, “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open”.
This started the debate on Twitter on the use of technology during the match.
In the world of technology that we live in, a NO BALL like that should NOT happen!
End Of Story!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 28, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2019
“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”, Kohli added.
The winning captain Rohit Sharma also expressed discontent during the post-match presentation. He said “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”.
“There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening, It is as simple as it is. Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointed to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes”, he added.
With this, Mumbai Indians registered their first victory of the season. The world’s no. 1 bowler, Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ for his exceptional, match-winning performance (3 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs).