Bangladesh’s Nurul Hasan has made an accusation of the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli of ‘fake fielding’ during Wednesday’s match between India and Bangladesh. He suggested that if the umpires had noticed the incident, India could’ve received a five-run penalty. India and Bangladesh played out a thriller in the Super 12s match in Adelaide with the Indian team edging out the win in the very last over.
India had posted 184 runs in their 20 overs owing to the half-centuries from Kohli and KL Rahul. Bangladesh was off to a blistering start in chase of the target with Litton Das putting the bowlers to the sword. However, rain interfered and the target was revised to 151 runs. Das got run out by KL Rahul and that proved to be the turning point as India didn’t allow Bangladesh to get into the game and secured a five-run win.
Speaking after the match, as quoted by Cricbuzz, Nurul Hasan said that the umpires had missed an incident of fake fielding by Kohli during the Bangladesh innings. The incident happened in the seventh over when Kohli feigned as if he was relaying a throw from the deep. Both the umpires and the batters missed it.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Hasan said that the field being wet had an impact on the chase and said that the fake throw from Kohli went unnoticed on the day.
Explaining the situation, Nurul Hasan said, “Certainly, the field was wet and it had an impact and everyone saw that and eventually, what I felt is that when we were talking there was a fake throw and it could have been a five-run penalty and that could have gone our way, but unfortunately, even that didn’t come.”
Law 41.5, which pertains to unfair play, prohibits the “deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of [the] batter”. If the umpire deems an incident a breach of the law, then the umpire can term it as a dead ball and award the batting team five runs. In this case, it would have helped Bangladesh to stay in the game and if they had won, they would’ve reached the top of the table.