The 34th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 was marked by controversy after Rishabh Pant asked batsmen Rovman Powell and Kuldeep Yadav to leave the field due to a no-ball. The incident occurred during the chase’s final over after the on-field umpire elected not to submit a no-ball judgement to the third umpire.

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The DC dugout wanted the decision referred to the umpire, and Rishabh was seen signalling his batsman to walk off, resulting in RR winning the game. Pravin Amre, a member of DC’s coaching staff, entered the field to speak with officials.

In the end, the on-field umpire’s ruling remained, and the third umpire had no say in the matter. RR triumphed by 15 runs, vaulting to the top of the points table.

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DC needed 36 runs off the final six deliveries of the game, and Powell had three consecutive big hits. The batter appeared to be confident in his ability to complete the task. The interruption induced by the no-ball controversy, however, interrupted the batsman’s momentum, and he only got 8 runs off the final three balls. DC was defeated by a score of 15 runs.

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In the post-match press conference, Rishabh admitted that sending Pravin Amre on the field was wrong.”Yes, disappointed but can’t do much about it. Everyone was frustrated (in the dugout) that it was not even close, everyone on the ground saw that, I think the third umpire should have interfered and said it was a no-ball. Obviously, it wasn’t right (sending Amre onto the field) but what happened with us is also not right, it happened in the heat of the moment,” Pant said.

DC suffered their fourth defeat of the season and now sits in sixth place in the points rankings. RR, on the other hand, has risen to the top of the table. They now have 10 points in their account and an NRR of +0.432.