Australian World Cup hero Matthew Wade was outraged after a questionable decision in the IPL, which caused the out-of-form star to blow his bat in the dressing room.
The Royal Challengers put Bangalore in the play-off hunt with a stunning eight-wicket win over first-ranked Gujarat Titans by Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell Wade, but the Aussies’ frustration was palpable.
The left-handed, who scored just 114 at 14.25 with a maximum score of 30, needed to grow for his team but his time on the pitch was reduced by DRS at 16.
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Wade was lbw out despite Maxwell’s delivery being clearly at the bottom of his pad.
The World Cup winner called for a replay but despite showing clear deviations, the Ultra Edge was out of order and the initial on-field decision of the umpire’s ‘out’ remained.
On the way back to the pavilion, Kohli comforted Wade, but it did not allay the Aussies’ anger as he threw his helmet inside the dressing room and then broke down in frustration with his bat.
Former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison said, “The ball changed direction there, so I’m not sure what happened. The unfortunate nature of it is that he has to disappear. He will be disappointed and that’s exactly what I think,” said former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison. . Comment
“He’s an angry Matthew Wade, and you can see why.”
Kohli scored his best 73 of the season and Maxwell scored an unbeaten 43 off just 18 balls as Bangalore reached 170-2 with eight balls to spare in their last league game.
Gujarat, already securing the No. 1 spot with 20 points, went 168-5 after captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat.
Bangalore, currently fourth, finished the league with 16 points but its play-off status awaits the outcome of other games.
Maxwell said they would watch the Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals match “quite closely” on Sunday. Delhi (14 points) will miss the play-offs if they lose to last-placed Mumbai.
“We think we deserve to be in the final four and hopefully Mumbai will do the right thing for us and take us to the final four,” said Maxwell.
Kohli has scored just 236 runs in the previous 13 matches, scoring just one half-century. But the former Bangalore captain has finally come out well with his trademark cover drive and drive against opponents that led to his dream run in his first IPL season.
When Rashid Khan misjudged a catch at deep midwicket in 16, the ball went for a boundary, luck also helped Kohli’s batting powerplay. Kohli hit his half-century off 42 balls with a six at midwicket against Rashid and gave Bangalore a solid 115-run start with captain Faf du Plessis, who scored 44 runs.
Rashid took both wickets as Du Plessis swept the top-edge against the leg-spinner and Kohli was undone by a sharp googly and stumped in the 17th over. Kohli had eight fours and two sixes in his half century.
Maxwell could have been out on the first ball, but Rashid’s sharp delivery could not cancel the bail and the Australian hit five fours and two sixes after hitting the leg stumps before going home with four byes.
Earlier, Pandya revived Gujarat’s innings with a great half-century and Rashid continues to impress with a 19-run cameo off just six balls with his big hitting this season.
After trying to stop the ball at Infield in the 13th over, the fast bowler left the field with a split webbing in his bowling hand and missed Herschel Patel in the Bangalore Death Over.
Rashid and Pandya made 34 off the last 12 balls as fast bowler Siddharth Kaul finished with 0-43 and Josh Hazlewood, who took 2-39, gave up 17 runs in the last over.
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