On Thursday night, the M. Chinnaswamy stadium was plunged into a fresh controversy in the RCB vs MI IPL 2019 match. The game was about to come to an end when umpire S Ravi made a game-changing error on the final ball. Royal Challengers needed seven runs to win off the last ball and Lasith Malinga overstepped big-time but the umpire failed to notice the no-ball.
Shivam Dube could only manage a single as Mumbai Indians registered a six-run win for their first victory of IPL 2019. If the umpire had recognized the no-ball the game could have very different for Royal Challengers.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was extremely angry with the mistake and he expressed it in the post-match presentation ceremony. “We are playing at the IPL level. We are not playing club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call — last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open. It was a no-ball by an inch. It’s completely different game altogether. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there,” said an angry Kohli.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, too, accepted that these incorrect decisions do hamper the game. He said, “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. These kind of things are not good for cricket, one of the Bumrah’s deliveries wasn’t a wide. Players can’t do much. Very disappointed to see that.”
If the ball was considered as no-ball on the correct time RCB would have needed to score five runs off the final ball. It is likely to say that Jasprit Bumrah was the game changer of the day for Mumbai Indians.