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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20: K’taka wins by 2 runs in controversial circumstances

Sports News, State, (Visakhapatnam), January 12:-Karnataka posted a narrow two run win over Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 South Zone tournament here on Thursday amid controversial circumstances.

Two runs were added to the Karnataka total, owing to an umpiring error, the margin by which Hyderabad lost eventually. This left the Hyderabad players fuming as they felt the late decision to revise the score resulted in a defeat.

Off the second over’s fourth ball, Hyderabad’s deep mid-wicket fielder Mehdi Hasan’s foot touched the ropes. Umpire Ulhas Gandhe had signalled two instead of a boundary to Karun Nair. Umpires Abhijit Deshmukh and Ulhas Gandhe didn’t stop play for a review, but revised the score to 205 for 5 before Hyderabad began their chase.

Karnataka skipper Vinay Kumar and his Hyderabad counterpart, Ambati Rayudu, both India cricketers, argued with the umpires before the Hyderabad innings began.

Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu took up the issue with the umpires at the end of the game.

As he and the other team members entered the playing field and took up the grievance, the commencement of the next game between Andhra and Kerala was delayed.

Rayudu was quoted as saying that they never thought of stopping the second match and were only demanding a Super Over.

“I’m sure of the rules. If he had changed (the decision) immediately then it would have been perfect,” he was quoted as telling reporters by ESPNCricinfo.com.

“Even if somebody gets out and you come inside and see that it’s not out, you don’t call the person back. Even in case of a no-ball not correctly called, you cannot call somebody back or add the scores.” “I don’t know what has happened but we were playing for 204. That is exactly what I wanted to tell and we were waiting for the Super Over which never happened,” he had said.

Reports quoted Karnataka team officials as saying that the players took up the matter with the third umpire, who in turn alerted the on field umpire Ulhas Gandhe.

However, due to a communication gap between the umpires and the scorers, the change was not made immediately.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it would take action as per its code of conduct after getting the match referee’s report.

“The BCCI has taken cognizance of the events that unfolded during and after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018 match on Thursday between Hyderabad-Karnataka.” “An official report by the Match Referee is awaited, following which appropriate action as per BCCI’s Code of Conduct will be taken,” the Board said in a tweet.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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