Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) captain KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya were seen arguing with the umpire during their IPL 2022 Eliminator game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday in Kolkata. The incident took place in the first ball of the 12th over of Bangalore’s innings.
Dusmantha Chameera bowled a full-toss ball as Rajat Patidar steered it through the point region for a single. The umpires immediately called for a no-ball a waist-height full toss. However, the LSG cricketers were unhappy with the decision.
It was square-leg umpire Michael Gough who made the call, as is usually the case, and his colleague J Madanagopal backed him up by signalling no-ball at the non-striker’s end. All-rounder Krunal Pandya could first be seen shaking his head standing in front of Madanagopal after which KL Rahul came to join the chat.
The Lucknow cricketers were seemingly unhappy with the decision and expressed their dissent in front of the umpire.
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Madanagopal could be seen explaining that it was high enough to be called no-ball after which Gough signalled from his position that it was his call. Rahul then seemed to be asking Gough if it can’t be referred to the third umpire. The cameras then panned to the LSG dugout where the support staff also made their frustrations visible.
Meanwhile, RCB rode on to an unbeaten century from Rajat Patidar to post 207 runs on the board. The bowlers backed it up well despite KL Rahul’s captain’s knock to restrict the Super Giants to 193 runs.
“We let ourselves down in the field” – KL Rahul
The Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul lamented that poor efforts on the field cost them the must-win game. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, he said:
“I think it’s quite obvious – the reasons why we didn’t win. We let ourselves down in the field. Dropping easy catches never helps. Difference was obviously Patidar playing such a knock. When someone in the top three scores a hundred, more often the team wins. They fielded really well and we were poor.”