Virat Kohli criticizes umpires for missing malinga’s no-ball

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Virat Kohli has criticised a “ridiculous” no-ball error by the umpires after Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to the Mumbai Indians on Thursday in IPL.

With RCB needing six from the last ball to tie, Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball, but replays showed it should have been a no-ball as he overstepped.

Had the no-ball been seen by the umpires, the ball would have been bowled again as a free hit.

“We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That’s a ridiculous call at the last ball,” Kohli said after the error was spotted at the end of match.

“If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there,” he added.

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, whose team registered their first win of the Twenty20 tournament, also said such mistakes were “not good for the game”.

“There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening… Eventually it’s not good for the game and whatever is not good for the game, I won’t stand for that,” said Sharma.

“Those decisions can cost you games and those games can cost you the tournament. We work really hard to win the tournament and those kind of mistakes are not acceptable.”

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