Bizarre Brawl Halts Hyderabad-Lucknow IPL Match Amidst Crowd Discontent
In a startling sequence of events, the Indian Premier League (IPL) game between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was abruptly halted this Saturday afternoon. This stoppage was due to an unprecedented dispute that originated from a contentious umpire decision and spiraled into a full-blown disagreement between the crowd, the teams, and the umpiring staff.
The incident transpired during the penultimate over of the SRH innings when the on-field umpire signaled a waist-high no-ball. The decision prompted an immediate review from the Super Giants, which, to the shock of all in attendance, was overturned by the third umpire, suggesting the batsman was partially crouching.
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The controversy did not end with the overturned call. A section of the disgruntled SRH spectators reportedly threw an object toward the Lucknow Super Giants’ dugout. This perceived act of aggression from the crowd led to a temporary suspension of the game, with the Super Giants team voicing their concerns to the umpires.
Adding to the drama, the home supporters began taunting LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir with chants of “Kohli Kohli”. This chant was a likely reference to a previous incident involving a verbal spat between Gambhir and cricket superstar Virat Kohli. These escalating events resulted in the game being stopped for a brief period.
Heinrich Klassen, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman who contributed a valiant 47 off 29 balls to the SRH total, was seen engaging in a discussion with the LSG dugout. He later voiced his disappointment with the crowd behavior and questioned the umpiring standards.
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Klassen stated, “Very disappointed with crowd, honestly. That is not what you expect from the crowd,” further adding, “It broke a lot of momentum. Not great umpiring either, they need to be consistent with their decisions.”
Earlier in the day, SRH captain Aiden Markram had won the toss, opting to bat first against LSG. The stoppage, however, disrupted the momentum of the match and added an unexpected twist to the day’s events.
The teams for the day were as follows:
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock(w), Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya(c), Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Yudhvir Singh Charak, Avesh Khan
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Glenn Phillips, Abdul Samad, T Natarajan, Mayank Markande, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi
The unusual incident has set a precedent for potential crowd control measures in future matches. It remains to be seen how the IPL administration will respond to this incident, as it has certainly left a blemish on this year’s tournament.
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