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Virat Kohli drives to long-off © BCCI

Virat Kohli was left fuming after replays revealed that the last ball of RCB’s chase against Mumbai Indians was a no-ball, which umpire S Ravi missed. The no-ball became apparent after the big screen at the Chinnaswamy Stadium showed replays of the delivery, off which RCB needed seven runs to win and a six to tie.

Mumbai’s Lasith Malinga was able to deliver close enough to the blockhole so that the batsman, Shivam Dube, could only bunt it down to long-on. But Malinga had overstepped. Had that been spotted, RCB would have got the extra run and extra ball – a Free Hit – and AB de Villiers, who was batting on 70 off 41, could have been on strike.

“We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “That’s just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch. It’s a completely different game altogether [if there was the extra delivery]. So if it’s a game of margins, I don’t know what’s happening. They should have been more sharp and more careful out there.”

Even the winning captain, Rohit Sharma, was unhappy by the turn of events: “These kinds of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket. The over before that, Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball [which was given wide]. They have to watch what is happening. The players can’t do much about it. Just walk off and shake hands. It is disappointing to see that, but I hope they can rectify their mistakes like we do.”

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