Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the final as they defeat Gujarat Lions in a remarkable match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Gujarat Lions batting first scored 158. As per Chinnaswamy, stadium’s average IPL total, Gujarat’s total was below par. But commencing the chase Royal Challengers Bangalore found themselves in a tough situation as their top order went to the pavilion for just 29 runs. The tension was heralding over the Bangalore dugout.
Virat Kohli was for a duck. The game was looking all but over for RCB. Wickets fell at regular interval and a speculation was going on how RCB would fare in the eliminator.
But, AB de Villiers stood in the middle as a rock for RCB who played his full range of and built a 91 runs partnership with Iqbal Abdullah.
But before that Stuart Binny, who smashed Jakati for eighteen runs in the ninth over and was looking good to finish the match with de Villiers. But that was not realised as in the next over Jadeja came to bowl the tenth over.
Jadeja, who is seeking his form back, started the over with an ordinary delivery. But there was drama during the fourth ball of Jadeja’s over.
Binny took a big swing at the ball to sweep it towards the leg side. He was beaten the by delivery completely and it struck him on the pad. It hit high on the pad but the umpire raised his finger. It was a perilous shot selection from Stuart Binny. However, he was clearly not happy with the decision.
Captain Virat Kohli, who was in the dugout, was clearly unhappy with the decision. He approached the fourth umpire with ferociousness. Along with Virat, the RCB player was not at all happy with the decision.
A close inspection showed that it was a wrong decision on Kumar Dharmsena’s part as the ball struck Binny’s pad outside the line of stumps. Virat was fuming as the decision could have cost the game for Bangalore side.
However, in the end, the decision didn’t affect Bangalore’s victory as AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 79 runs innings and Iqbal Abdulla took over the role of the wingman from Stuart Binny.
In the end, that mistake from the umpire did not matter. AB de Villiers scored yet another half-century.