Skipper Rohit Sharma and his Mumbai Indians troops were left in utter disbelief last night due to an umpiring blunder in their final league game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The error committed by the umpire could have potentially cost MI the match and also their top spot in the points table.
In the 14th over of the second innings during their defence of 174 runs, Mitchell Johnson had Pandey caught behind. There seemed an under edge and a sound was also heard. Rohit Sharma and the close in fielders all were quite convinced and appealed hard.
The umpire, however, felt the other way and turned down the appeal, leaving everyone on the field confused and upset, Rohit Sharma especially. The replays confirmed that there was a nick and the fans were also left fuming with the substandard quality of umpiring.
The match was at a crucial juncture at that time and Manish Pandey, who was batting on 22 when given the lifeline, was threatening to take away the match from the visitors.
MI, however, was lucky that Pandey failed to take advantage of the opportunity and ended up losing his wicket towards the end of the innings as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a defeat by 9 runs. All they could manage was 164-8 in front of the relentless MI bowling attack.
This loss, KKR’s sixth loss in the tournament, also meant that they lost their second place in the points table and slipped to the third place with 16 points in 14 matches. They would now eagerly await the result of the match between Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants which is currently underway.
Mumbai Indians felt the need to test their bench strength and made 6 changes in the squad! Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee and Mitchell Johnson all got a game and made a great impact.
Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary slammed half- centuries to enable their team put up a challenging 173-5 as Gautam Gambhir’s decision to bowl first in the match after a delayed start due to rain and thunderstorm fell flat.
The bowlers Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee and Mitchell Johnson also made the most of the opportunity by putting up a commendable show while defending the total