Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals pretty easily by 9 wickets.
The match, however, also saw a bizarre event take place as RR’s Ben Laughlin bowled 7 legal deliveries in an over.
Though no major controversy has erupted over the incident so far but had the match been closely fought, the reactions could have been different.The incident took place when the Australian speedster was given the responsibility to bowl the 12th over. Given the responsibility of defending a moderate total, the last thing Royals would have wanted is to be bowling extra deliveries. While wides and no-balls are still a part of the game, to be made bowl an extra delivery despite the previous 6 being legal, was absolutely criminal, or sheer ignorance by umpires. Thankfully, the result wasn’t a close one or else there could have been a major controversy around the subject.
Here’s the description of the over:
1st ball: Laughlin to Williamson, no run
2nd ball: Laughlin to Williamson, 1 run
3rd ball: Laughlin to Dhawan, no run
4th ball: Laughlin to Dhawan, 1 run
5th ball: Laughlin to Williamson, 1 run
6th ball: Laughlin to Dhawan, Four
7th ball: Laughlin to Dhawan, 1 run
As for the result of the match, Hyderabad never looked troubled while chasing the target of 126 runs after Dhawan earned a lifeline as he was dropped in the first over by Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane. Dhawan (77 not out off 57 balls) formed a match-winning partnership with captain Kane Williamson (36 not out off 35 balls) as the two tore apart Rajasthan’s bowling attack as the Sunrisers overhauled the target with 4.1 overs to spare.The absence of David Warner didn’t seem to have affected the Sunrisers, although skipper Williamson admitted that the team missed his presence in the dugout.”No doubt we missed Davey (Warner). He’s been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up. Guys were great on the field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with both bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key times, but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches. A team effort,” Williamson had said in the post-match presentation.The Sunrisers Hyderabad next play Mumbai Indians on April 12.
With inputs from Times Now.
News credit : Indiatimes