Rohit Sharma on no-ball controversy in RCB vs MI: These things not good for cricket

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians ended up on the winning side in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the skipper wasn’t happy with the umpiring errors that were made in Bengaluru on Thursday. RCB vs MI Match report | Highlights |

Royal Challengers Bangalore needed seven runs off the last ball when Lasith Malinga overstepped by a considerable margin. However, the umpires failed to spot the no-ball even as RCB’s Shivam Dube failed to find the big one that could have forced a Super Over.

Royal Challengers and their fans suffered a heartbreak despite AB de Villiers’ special — 70 not-out of just 41 balls. However, the disappointment turned into displeasure as the replays on the big screen showed Malinga’s no-ball. The decision wasn’t overturned as both sets of players had already walked off the field.

RCB captain Virat Kohli was miffed even as he walked out to do the post-match duties.

Expressing his displeasure at the umpiring decisions, Rohit said: “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. These kind of things are not good for cricket, one of the Bumrah’s deliveries wasn’t a wide. Players can’t do much. Very disappointed to see that.”

As Rohit pointed out, the on-field umpire also came up with a harsh call when he ruled a wide yorker from Jasprit Bumrah in the 19th over as wide.

Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic: Rohit

Earlier in the day, Mumbai Indians, who were sent in to bat, got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock stitching a 50-run stand. However, Mumbai Indians finished with just an above-par score of 187 after they suffered a collapse. Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya played a cameo each to provide the much-needed impetus the MI innings needed towards the end.

“Anything over 180 is a good score, you can fight with it. That’s exactly what we did. It was not a safe score, knowing the history of matches in Bengaluru. But we did the job with our bowlers. Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic. I thought we stuck to our plans, it was a great effort by the bowlers,” Rohit added.

Heaping praise on MI’s death over experts Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit said: “Malinga has been the part of MI for a long time, you can always trust those guys in the back end. They bought experience into play. We were quite brave to bowl the deliveries we bowled. Bumrah executed well and we just missed a trick in the middle.”

Bumrah was named the Man of the Match for his superlative performance both in the middle overs and at the death. While he picked up the big wicket of Virat Kohli, Bumrah conceded just 5 runs in the penultimate over of the tense chase.

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