Mumbai wins controversy ridden game

The Mumbai Indians won a thrilling IPL match in Vishakapatnam tonight (Monday) beating the Deccan Chargers by 5 wickets in a game which was marred by on field controversy.

Batting first the Deccan Chargers led by Kumar Sangakkara were restricted to 139 runs after Lasith Malinga took 3 wickets for Mumbai.

In reply Rohith Sharma ensured the Mumbai Indian won off the last ball of the innings despite a spirited bowling effort by Dayle Steyn for the Chargers.

Controversy erupted in the game when the Mumbai Indians team captain Harbhajan Singh had a heated and prolonged argument with the field umpires who committed a mistake in not giving a home side batsman out.

The incident happened in the 13th over of the Deccan Chargers’ innings when Kumar Sangakkara was clearly out off the bowling of Munaf Patel though the field umpires thought it otherwise initially before referring the decision to the third umpire.

The third ball of Munaf Patel’s third over and 13th of Deccan Chargers’ innings saw Sangakkara dragging the ball onto the off-stump with the bails dislodged and the ball hit the wickets for the second time after ricocheting from Mumbai wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.

Field Umpires A K Chowdhury of India and JD Cloete of South Africa consulted each other but thought that the ball came off Karthik’s pads and ruled Sangakkara not out.

That led to the drama with an angry-looking Harbhajan, who took over as Mumbai captain before the tournament after Sachin Tendulkar opted out, came rushing in to the umpires and apparently told Cloete why he did not go upstairs for a third umpire decision.

A heated argument followed between Harbhajan and the field umpires with Munaf joining in and play stopped for more than five minutes. Harbhajan was seen arguing with the umpires in an aggressive manner, apparently telling them why they did not refer the decision to the third umpire.

Deccan captain Sangakkara also had words with the umpires who finally referred the decision to the third umpire. The third umpire gave Sangakkara out as was expected and play resumed.  (Colombo Gazette and agencies)