Umpiring error gifts Mumbai Indians extra run, free hit 

The fifth ball of the 16th over by KKR pacer Tom Curran was adjudged no-ball by the on-field umpire whereas the replay confirmed his feet behind the crease. 

A screengrab from Hotstar shows Curran having almost half his feet behind the crease. The umpires stood by the decision of calling it a no-ball.

The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League will be remembered for umpiring blunders. This time, Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Tom Curran was at the receiving end.

In a crucial fixture against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday, Curran’s legal delivery was given a no-ball and in the process, Mumbai earned a wrong free hit and an extra run. Umpire K.N. Ananthapadmanabhan felt Curran overstepped in the fifth ball of the 16th over, but the replays confirmed that he had half his feet behind the crease.

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On watching the replay, the KKR staff sent Cameron Delport to pass on the information to Rinku Singh who was fielding at long-on. Skipper Dinesh Karthik and Curran spoke to the umpire, only to hear that the decision couldn’t be overturned.

 

Earlier in the tournament, Kings XI Punjab bowler Andrew Tye had to bowl a penalty ball for an on-field umpire’s mistake. Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson, against Chennai Super Kings, was shocked to see a full-toss above the waistline cleared by the umpire.