Twitter Slams Umpires As Royal Challengers Bangalore Lose After No-Ball
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IPL 2019: Twitter Slams Umpires As Royal Challengers Bangalore Lose After No Ball Controversy

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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians were involved in a thrilling game of cricket at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. The thriller kept the fans on the edge of their seats till the last ball before Mumbai wrapped up the win by six runs.

Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians were off to a good start. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 54 runs for the first wicket before the latter departed. Rohit scored 48 before falling to Umesh Yadav to leave his team reeling at 87 for 2. Handy knocks from Yuvraj Singh and Suryakumar Yadav then saw the Mumbai Indians taking charge of the game.

The three-time winners were comfortably placed at 142 for 3 before losing four quick wickets to find themselves seven down for just 147.

However, Hardik Pandya blazed his way to a 14-ball 34 to fire the visitors to a massive 187 for 8.

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Virat Kohli was not happy with the call (Credits: BCCI)

In reply, the Royal Challengers were off to a fast start with Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel hitting 27 in the first three overs. However, a run-out brought an end to Moeen’s stay at the crease and the partnership. Patel was the next to fall after scoring 41.

Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers then shared 49 runs for the third wicket to set the tone for the chase. Jasprit Bumrah ended the stand by dismissing Kohli for 46.

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AB de Villiers (Credits: BCCI)

De Villiers, on the other hand, went on to slam a fifty to keep the chase alive. He was losing his partners at regular intervals but managed to hold firm. The equation was finally down to 17 off the last over but the Royal Challengers Bangalore could only score 10 off the Lasith Malinga over.

However, replays later showed that Malinga had overstepped on the final ball when the hosts needed 6 runs to force a super over. Umpire S Ravi completely missed it and the Royal Challengers had to pay the hefty price. Following the game, both the captains – Virat and Rohit – had come down hard on the umpires.

Twitter, meanwhile, was also quick to react to the incident, slamming the level of umpiring in the high-level tournament.

 

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