Umpiring howlers refuse to end in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League and on Wednesday night it was umpire Shamshuddin’s turn.
During the Royals Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab game on Wednesday night in Bengaluru, Shamshuddin kept the match ball in his pocket at the end of the 13th over of the RCB innings when the team headed for a strategic break.
However, at the end of the short break, when R Ashwin and bowler Ankit Rajpoot looked for the ball, it was nowhere to be found. Batters AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis were kept waiting even as Ashwin Shamshuddin for the ball but it couldn't be tracked.
Play was halted as Bruce Oxenford joined the scene and the fourth umpire rushed onto the field with a new box of balls. But television replays later showed that Shamshuddin had put the ball in his pocket before the players headed for the strategic break at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The confusion left AB de Villiers in splits and what followed was an onslaught from the former Proteas skipper as RCB beat KXIP by 17 runs.
Speaking after the game, ABD said that he was only looking to stay calm and not get rattled by the situation. While his innings and the partnership with Stoinis was the game changer, de Villiers also praised the RCB bowlers for putting up a good show as it was relatively easy to bat in the second innings.
"I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well, it hasn't been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well. We are doing good as a team. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end," he smiled.
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