The umpiring standards in the IPL 2022 have been far below standards. We have already witnessed massive controversies after the questionable umpiring decisions in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. There have been numerous game-changing howlers regarding the no-ball and wide decisions from the umpires. On Thursday, another controversy is ignited as Nicholas Pooran has been given out of a questionable waist-height no-ball. It was a game-changing moment as it effectively killed the game for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson asked the opposition to have a go with the bat first after winning the toss. Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off brilliantly with a maiden wicket to put the Orange Army in the driver’s seat. However, the swing-king didn’t get any support from the other end, and the left-arm Aussie opener David Warner took advantage of a weakened bowling attack.
Warner piled up unbeaten 92 runs off 58 deliveries, and he got some major support from West Indian big-hitter Rovman Powell from the other end. Delhi Capitals posted a massive total of 207/3 for SRH to secure the victory.
The controversial no-ball decision against Nicholas Pooran kills the game
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a worst-possible start to the chase as they lost both openers for 24 runs in the fifth over. However, a breezy knock from Aiden Markram and a whirlwind fifty from the new West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran kept the former champions in the hunt.
In the 18th over, Sunrisers Hyderabad required 43 runs off the final 14 deliveries, with Nicholas Pooran batting at a score of 62 runs off 33 deliveries. The target was still within reach of the SRH, given Pooran’s hitting ability.
However, on the 5th delivery, Shardul Thakur bowled a full toss above the waist height. Nicholas Pooran failed to launch the delivery out of the ground and got caught out instead. However, the umpires sent the decision to the third umpire, who deemed it a legal delivery.
Meanwhile, the replay clearly showed that the delivery was well above Nicholas Pooran’s waist and should have been called a no-ball.
The fans were not pleased with another umpiring howler, and they ripped apart the umpires on Twitter.
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— Adesh Ajju (@AjjuAdesh) May 5, 2022
Rovam powell to Pooran –
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