Virat Kohli Rages At Umpires As RCB Lose Again

Martin Green

Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:02 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 10:02 PM UTC

India captain Virat Kohli savaged the umpires after they missed a potentially crucial no-ball as his Royal Challengers Bangalore side lost to Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

<p>RCB needed six from the last ball to tie the game and take it into a Super Over, but Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball. The players had already trudged off when replays showed it was a no-ball, which would have given RCB a point and the opportunity to win the game with a six off the final ball. Kohli was utterly incensed.</p><p>“We are playing <a href="" target="_blank" title="IPL betting guide">IPL</a>, not club cricket,” he said. “That’s just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open. It is a game of margins. They should have been more sharp and more careful there.” Even winning captain Rohit Sharma joined Kohli in expressing his disappointment, telling reporters that these mistakes are bad for cricket’s image. He also pointed out an earlier error the umpires had made and said he hopes they can rectify these mistakes.</p><h2>IPL in the news for wrong reasons</h2><p>It follows huge controversy earlier this week as RV Ashwin <a href="" target="_blank">dismissed Jos Buttler by Mankading him</a>. The practice takes its name from Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad, who ran out Australia batsman Bill Brown in 1947, and it involves running out a batsman backing up at the non-striker’s end. Ashwin drew a torrent of criticism from senior figures across the game, but the MCC ruled in his favour. However, it has now changed its mind and deemed that his actions were not in the spirit of cricket.</p><p>“We now have had a chance to review it in more detail and we think that Buttler was in his ground as Ashwin got into a position when the non-striker could reasonably have expected the ball to have been delivered,” said <a href="" target="_blank">Fraser Stewart, the MCC's cricket academy manager</a>. “Ashwin seemed to pause to allow Buttler to go out of his ground and then obviously he put the wicket down. Buttler did not really make much of an effort to get back into his ground. It is one where we just felt the pause was just too long and therefore not within the spirit of cricket.”</p><h2>IPL betting update</h2><p>Bangalore have now lost their opening two games and they have drifted out to 15/2 (8.5) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to win the tournament. Mumbai Indians went in to 11/2 (6.50) after that victory over Kohli and co. Chennai and Kolkata are the early pace setters, each with two wins out of two, and the Super Kings are now the 7/2 (4.50) favourites, while Kolkata are 4/1 (5.0) second favourites.</p>
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