When it comes to cricket of the highest quality there is pressure on everyone. Not only are the cricketers expected to perform day in and day out, but even the match officials, umpires, the pitch curators are put to test throughout the course of an evenly-contested tournament like the Indian Premier League.
Although the match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore does not have significance as far as the playoff qualification is concerned, an umpiring decision that was taken in the dying stages of Delhi's innings has raised some eyebrows.
Notably, it all unfolded in the last ball of the 18 over which was bowled by Mohammed Siraj. The batter who faced the ball in question was Shimron Hetmyer. While a high full toss was played with the angle towards the point and Delhi got a much-needed boundary. The replays showed that the ball was closer to Hetmyer's chest rather than waist and yet was not signalled as a no-ball.
The Caribbean batter even expressed his shock at the decision and exchanged a few words with on-field umpire Nitin Menon but the decision was not overturned. While Krishnamachari Srinivasan is the third umpire, KN Ananthapadmanabhan was the other on-field umpire.
Check out the incident here:
Talking about the Delhi innings, while the Capitals had got off to a great start, thanks to Prithvi Shaw (48) and Shikhar Dhawan (43), the Banglore bowlers did manage to pull things bat a little bit in the latter half of the innings. The openers had put on 88 runs in 65 balls and it looked like Bangalore would end up getting a few more, however, the openers fell in tandem and the side eventually settled for 164/5.
Other than the openers, Shimron Hetmyer (29) and Shreyas Iyer (18) also chipped in with useful contributions for Delhi. For the Virat Kohli-led side it was Mohammed Siraj (2/25), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34)), Harshal Patel (1/34) and Dan Christian (1/19) who scalped wickets.
In the other match, the result of which will decide the fourth team to qualify for the Playoffs, Mumbai have batted first and posted the highest total of IPL 2021- 235/9, thanks to half-centuries from Ishan Kishan (84) and Suryakumar Yadav (82). They now need to bowl SunRisers Hyderabad for or under 65 to proceed to the final four. Othewise, it will be the Kolkata Knight Riders who will meet Bangalore in the eliminator.