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Was On-Field Umpire Right On Not Consulting The No-ball Decision With Third Umpire in DC vs RR Clash?

DC coach Pravin Amre
DC coach Pravin Amre arguing with the umpire (Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in a thrilling encounter of IPL 2022 on Friday at Wankhede stadium. It was a high-scoring game with lots of sixes being hit which entertained the crowd. But the no-ball incident which happened in the last over of Obed McCoy grabbed everyone’s attention.

In the last over of the match, the Capitals needed 36 runs to win in six balls with Mccoy bowling the final over. Rovman Powell struck two sixes off the first two balls before the third ball created a massive controversy on the field. The West Indian bowled a high full-toss which Powell smashed for a six.

However, the onfield umpire Nitin Menon didn’t call it a no-ball and neither did he consult the third umpire to check if it was an illegal delivery. Powell, skipper Rishabh and Delhi Capitals team management weren’t happy at all with this decision. Pant stood up to call back his batters to the dugout after the umpires did not check for a waist-high delivery in the thrilling final over against Rajasthan Royals.

Even Delhi Capitals assistant coach Pravin Amre walked into the ground to have a discussion with the umpire. However, the umpires didn’t allow the batsman to move out of the ground and neither did he rule it as a no-ball.

Meanwhile, everyone in the DC team management wanted the on-field umpire to refer to the third umpire to check if it was a no-ball or not. However, the IPL rules state that, “on-field umpires can consult the third umpire for a no-ball only if the wicket has fallen on that ball. Since the controversial ball of Mccoy went for a six and it was a regular ball, on-field umpires couldn’t consult the third umpire for checking no-ball. Had Powell got out on the delivery, it would have been checked for a no-ball.”

Wankhede Crowd not pleased with umpire’s decision during DC vs RR tie

Everyone in the crowd was against this controversial call of not giving it a no-ball. Wankhede Stadium also joined the on-field controversy and started chants of “Cheater… Cheater…” to show their anger towards the umpire.

This moment spiced up the things in the match and entertained the crowd. However, Delhi Capitals lost this match by 15 runs. Rajasthan Royals reach the top of the points table with this win.

Written by Harsh Gupta


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