Categories: Cricket NewsIPL 2020
| On Nov 1, 2020 12:46 AM IST

WATCH: Shocking umpiring blunder! Umpire misses head high full toss no ball during RCB vs SRH match


This year’s IPL has set high standards in the quality of the event as well as in the close competitiveness of the tournament. The viewership records are also at an all-time high. But the one area where the Indian Premier League is yet to improve is in the standard of umpiring. The recently concluded match between RCB and SRH had one such incident which opened everyone’s eye regarding this issue.

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Umpiring blunder caused SRH a free hit

A funny yet alarming incident happened in the 10th over of the second innings. SRH batsmen Kane Williamson who was sent to steady the ship was welcomed with a nasty no-ball by the RCB bowler Isuru Udana. The ball was clearly on the same level as that of Williamson’s head when it reached the strikers’ end. It took the batsmen by surprise and he somehow managed to get some bat on it. It was a clean no-ball for any other umpire, but not for the square leg umpire. He seemed quite satisfied with that ball, as he didn’t call for a no-ball. Even the ever so silent Kane Williamson requested the umpire to recheck his decision. But the on-field decision was not reversed and it raised serious questions and trolls against the standards of umpiring in the IPL amongst the fans and the former players. Some of them even took to social media to openly voice their amazement and displeasure against this bizarre decision.

SRH beats RCB quite comfortably

Playing a must-win game, SRH had the upper hand over Kohli’s RCB right from ball one. The SRH bowlers restricted RCB to a mere score of 120 inside the 20 overs and chased it down quite comfortably in 14 overs to boost up their already superior net run rate. Sandeep Sharma starred for SRH with the ball. He picked up 2 important wickets of Devdutt Padikkal and captain Kohli. The damage with the bat was done by Wridhimann Saha who hit a well-shaped 39 of 32 balls. West Indies captain Jason Holder took charge of the finishing role and finished the innings in quick time courtesy of his timely exploits. He scored 26 runs from just 10 deliveries.

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Midhun M Menon

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