Cricket’s controversial Mankad has once again divided opinion after a failed attempt in the Indian Premier League.
The Lucknow Super Giants were chasing down 213 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and needed one run from the final ball when the chaos kicked off.
Harshal Patel was bowling to Avesh Khan, with the scores locked at 212 when non-striker Ravi Bishnoi sprinted out of his crease.
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Patel swiftly turned around and threw down the stumps. Before it could even be reviewed, the umpire called a dead ball.
Under cricket’s rules, the bowler cannot throw down the stumps after attempting to run the non-striker out.
Khan missed the final ball of the match, which went through to the keeper who fumbled it.
Khan made it to the other end for the run, throwing his helmet down in celebration as the Super Giants took victory by one run.
That drew the ire of IPL match officials, and Khan was reprimanded for breaching the code of conduct.
Marcus Stoinis top scored for the Super Giants, making 65 (30). Glenn Maxwell made 59 (29) in a scorching knock for the Challengers, combining with Faf du Plessis’ 79 not out and Virat Kohli’s 61 to set a monster target.
Yet the huge tally of 212 wasn’t enough.
Even before the Mankad attempt at the death there was a crazy twist in the run chase, with Ayush Badoni dismissed for hitting his own wicket after hitting a ramp shot over the boundary for what should have been a six.
Badoni was substituted in for the run chase, replacing Amit Mishra, and coming in at number seven.
With seven runs to win and nine balls remaining, Badoni walked across his wickets and scooped the ball into the air towards the fine leg boundary.
The ball carried all the way for a maximum, but it was RCB who were celebrating as Badoni’s bat brushed the wicket and knocked off the bails.
The 23-year-old stood still in disbelief.
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Badoni’s mistake didn’t matter in the end as the Super Giants chased down the total in dramatic circumstances.
The bizarre scenes came just a day after another extraordinary story in the IPL captured world cricket’s attention.
An epic sequence by Rinku Singh saw the Kolkata Knight Riders star go 6-4-6-6-6-6-6 in the final seven balls to seal victory over the Gujarat Titans.
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