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‘The umpire has bowled Marcus Stoinis’ – Twitter reacts after controversial wide call

Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs on Tuesday (April 19) after setting them a target of 181. Marcus Stoinis was batting well going into the 19th over, but he was bowled by Josh Hazlewood after a controversial wide call. The Australian was furious, letting loose a choice expletive before stomping off the field.

At the start of the penultimate over, LSG were six wickets down with 34 runs still needed, Stoinis and Jason Holder at the crease. Stoinis was on strike, and had scored 24 off 13 balls after smashing two fours and a six. The two were LSG’s last recognised batting pair, and it was a tough, tough ask even for finishers as powerful as them.

The first ball of the 19th over, bowled by Hazlewood was pitched full and very, very wide outside off. Stoinis shuffled across the crease, but still couldn’t get close to it, and shockingly the umpire Chris Gaffaney did not call a wide. Both batters, especially Stoinis were perplexed and conferred for a minute before facing the next delivery. Their target now read 34 from 11.

Wrong wide call, Marcus Stoinis wicket take the game away from Lucknow

The next delivery was similar, and this time Stoinis did get bat on it – an inside edge back onto the stumps. The Australian couldn’t believe it, and swore loudly, turning back an instant to meet the umpire’s eye before swinging his bat in frustration and trudging back inside. The two words were clearly audible on the stump mic, distinct, clear as day and even louder than the RCB team’s celebration.

The match had slipped completely beyond LSG’s control at that point. Jason Holder hit a couple of sixes, but it was not nearly enough. Krunal Pandya top scored for LSG with 42 off 28 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes along the way, but none of the other batters gave him company long enough for it to make a difference. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni fell for 13 runs each, and skipper KL Rahul couldn’t convert his fluent 30(24) into a big score.

Twitter users who shocked by the umpiring howler, and many were of the opinion that it cost LSG the match.


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