The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed several interesting things so far. And, one of them has added to the list today during the game against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Punjab Kings (PBKS). SRH pacers Siddarth Kaul misjudged a catch and dropped it which left the on-field umpire confused too, as the official had no clue whether it was a boundary or maximum as well.
PBKS scored only 32 runs in the powerplay on a sticky surface despite having the aggressive duo of Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle in the middle. Mayank got out on the bowling of Khaleel Ahmed in the seventh over and soon Nicholas Pooran was run-out on the very next ball too. And then, on the third delivery of Vijay Shankar’s eighth over, there was another chance for SRH to claim another wicket but they failed.
Deepak Hooda, while facing his second ball, tried a hook shot, but mistimed badly. Siddarth Kaul, who was fielding at the fine leg, jumped but the ball went over his head. However, there was a twist as at first, it looked as if it can be grabbed but it would later be seen that Kaul had misjudged it. The SRH pacer was inside when he required to be close to the ropes, and the ball flew over his head and dropped in front of the ropes.
David Warner left surprised as Siddarth Kaul couldn’t shed light on what had happened. It was so confusing that it even messed up the umpire’s head as he first went on to signal a six and soon change it to a four.
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However, SRH won the game convincingly. After the win, David Warner said: “Very pleasing. Our bowlers did a fantastic job and reduced them to a low score. They executed well and we won batting second. (On his dismissal) It was probably a mixture of both (mistimed and fatigue), I should have tried to hit it in the grandstand but that happens in cricket. The game plan of having him (Williamson) there is obviously to anchor the game and he rotates strike so well. Against spin, he gets forward and gets back, he just knows his role and game plan. It’s handy having him in the middle. I am really pleased we got across the line. He (Abhishek Sharma) is a young guy coming through and he’s exciting. We asked him to work on his bowling a lot more during the series this year and he did that. We have got one more game here. No surprises with this wicket, we got to bowl well. It’s all about starting fresh again and take the wicket out of it.”