It depends on your eyesight and your sympathy for both teams – you may agree or disagree with the third umpire’s call. When he needed 11 off 10 balls, KL Rahul slugged Shivam Mavi towards the deep midwicket, where Rahul Tripathi charged from the boundary. He jumped forward to pick up the ball just like Ajay Jadeja to take Alan Border out of the 1992 World Cup. Luckily for Jadeja there was no doubt, where the umpires went up for the final call. Endless replays followed, the zoom was used and the umpire decided that the smallest bit of the ball had touched the ground. Tripathi may have felt like there were fingers under the ball but when the umpire scooped it up it felt like it had touched the ground. Rahul hit a four off the last ball to bring the equation to five from the last over and even though he fell on the second ball of the last over, there was another Tripathi moment left in the game.
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Shah Rukh Khan threw the next ball from Venkatesh Iyer and Tripathi ran to his left near the boundary and it seemed to cover. The ball fell into his palms and not only went out, it spilled outside the boundary. Tripathi hung his head on the billboards and smiled. Nothing to worry about Zinta’s dim smile on the stands.
As he was about to release the ball, left-arm seamer Arshadeep Singh opened his mouth. This may be the reaction of batsman Shubham Gill after the ball reaches the other end. This is a Jaffa; Fully, late swaying in length, the gate was crashed through the bat-and-pad gap to knit the stumps. Trying to gill there is only to defend. As usual, he was late in transferring the weight to the front foot but that ball was a jaw-drop worthy beauty. It landed around the off stump and was crooked to act. If you open your mouth during the release it is Mr. Gill, I have come to swallow you. Gill averages less than 20 in the IPL this year; He hopes he has not provided any more such services.
The umpire is confused
Nathan Ellis thought he threw you an endless T20 ball — tramline-hugging, back-of-the-handball full toss floats at the last moment and Venkatesh Iyer beats the extended willow. But umpire K Ananthapadmanabhan had already kept in his mind that the delivery was illegal. However, he is in a dilemma — whether it is width or (waist height) no ball? So he first called it no-ball, as they refer to no-ball, and stretched out his right hand. A second later, he changed his mind and reluctantly extended his other hand as well. Ellis, who already had a red face after cracking around, was very confused and asked the umpire for an explanation. Ananthapadmanabha, who was clearly angry, could be heard reprimanding him: “It is wide, wide, not no-ball, not no-ball.” He turned his anger on the non-striker, Nitish Rana, who wanted an answer as to why he had not been called wide full-toss before. “Because it’s not wide,” he insisted, before giving him the Mind-You-Own-Business Starrer.
The distance from the striker crease to the Kolkata Knight Riders dugout is about 70 m. When his 70m-trudge returns to the entire hut, the devastated Rahul Tripathi continues to rehearse the slog-sweep. After each swipe of the messy air, he shakes his head in frustration, angrily hits his pads, and then repeats the sequence. Quick count: He repeated the failed shot at least six times, with incoming batsman Nitish Rana not even noticing the pat on his back. Next noted: Tripathi with video analyst, can break the stroke. It was one of his main strokes in this format, he hopes to clear the ropes ten to nine times. But not this time, because he could not fully get rid of Ravi Bishnoi’s fault. It left him scolding, kissing and shadow slog-wiping on the loop. You know the first shot he sees to run the next time he hits the nets. A slog sweep.