BCCI awaits match referee's report from controversial Karnataka vs Hyderabad T20 match

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

Basil Thampi (2 for 35) sent back Hebbar off the final delivery of 10th over with Andhra needing 19 runs off 18 balls. The equation came down to eight in the final over bowled by Stuart Binny. However, he was dismissed in the first ball of the second over.

Hyderabad were left fuming and blamed a late revision of score by the umpires for their two-run defeat against Karnataka in the South Zone Twenty20 game of the Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Ambati Rayudu was unhappy with the umpires' decision to change their call at the end of the first innings.

Due to Hyderabad players' protest eating into the match time, the second contest was reduced to 13 overs per side.

Karnataka sneaked home to victory over Hyderabad by a hair's breadth in their Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 match at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium here on Thursday. "An official report by the Match Referee is awaited, following which appropriate action as per BCCI's Code of Conduct will be taken", the BCCI tweeted from their official handle.

The 131-run second-wicket partnership made the task daunting for Hyderabad, but once Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath got going, it didn't seem as impossible as it did at one stage.

"It was not right by Hyderabad". The score was revised during the innings-break, after the Australia team management informed the the umpires about the incident. We are waiting for the BCCI's reply to this respect, " said Arunkumar. Baroda, Tamil Nadu, and Mumbai registered wins in their respective games, but the whole concentration was in Vishakapatnam, where Hyderabad and Karnataka locked horns. However, the match saw another twist as Bavanaka Sandeep began to smash boundaries to keep Hyderabad in the game.

Rayudu after the match revealed that he wanted to have a Super Over.

"Can you believe it". Well done Vinay Kumar. The over included two run outs and a wicket of the last ball when Hyderabad needed three runs to win. Left-arm spinner Mehdi Hassan was the fielder who ran towards the ball and picked it up before it could cross the ropes. Umpires failed to see this but replays confirmed it and commentators called it. TN will face Karnataka in their fourth round match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagaram, on Friday. The umpires approached Indian captain Kapil Dev. But his run out, followed by Akash Bhandari's, in the 20th over effectively dashed Hyderabad's hopes. It was not in the spirit of the game.

According to Cricbuzz website, Rayudu said he was asking for a Super Over to be played.

Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu spoke at length on the matter and said, "There was some confusion in the middle at the start of our innings". What I went and told the umpire was "sir you can not change the score, we are batting for 204 as our target". Coach J Arunkumar said that they have protested to the BCCI as the match should be declared as a tie. "He told me "we'll see in the end, let the match start". That is exactly our point of contention. We were saying that our match was not complete, we still have to play the Super Over.