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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.
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.
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.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2019
Kohli was livid over the no-ball that wasn’t called off the last delivery. But as Rohit pointed out, #MI also suffered when a Bumrah delivery was declared a wide when it wasn’t. Shoddy umpiring overall.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2019
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
It is at times like these the third umpire should intervene. That's the purpose and poor calls like these are not a good advertisement for a big tournament like IPL #RCBvMI
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) March 28, 2019
Unfortunate call at the end there, last ball should always be checked.
Very entertaining game MI vs RCB #IPL2019
— Lungi Ngidi (@NgidiLungi) March 28, 2019
Spot on by Virat, that last ball blunder is unacceptable. quite possibly could have changed the result #RCBvMI
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) March 28, 2019
Sorry.. but umpires are missing too many no balls these days.. time for another umpire on the ground to call no balls! #fedup
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) March 28, 2019
It would have been better if Shivam Dube was out on the last ball, seems like that is the only way umpires would have checked the #noball
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 28, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) March 28, 2019
— Bhaven (@bhavenn_p) March 28, 2019
— Sumeet Naik 🇮🇳 (@Sumeet1099) March 28, 2019