Sangakkara, RR dugout furious with the third referee's shocking decision; Gavaskar calls him 'Karma' after Head takes out the next ball


The umpiring standard of IPL 2024 was under the scanner again when Travis head was not handed out by the third umpire during the Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Kumar Sangakkara fumes at referee after controversial decision

This happened in the 15th innings of SRH when pacer RR Avesh Khan launched a wide yorker to Head. After crossing his stumps, the SRH batter had a whiff of the ball but missed it. Due to the movement in the crease, Head lost his balance and had no idea where the ball was.

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Captain RR Sanju Samson felt it and threw a sharp blow at the stumps. It looked like Head was lacking crease to the naked eye. Replays also suggested that third umpire Rohan Pandit thought otherwise.

Pandit said the bat was on the ground and didn't do much much to the dismay of commentators Michael Clarke and Sunil Gavaskar. “The bat was surely in the air,” the former Australian captain said.

The RR dugout couldn't believe it. Kumar Sangakkara was seen having a heated conversation with the fourth umpire, perhaps asking him the reason behind the third umpire's no-out decision.

The decision, however, did not cost RR dearly as Head was out on the next ball. Head walked onto his stumps, trying to fight off Avesh's wide yorkers, and ended up sending him back to his stumps. Gavaskar was quick to add that it was poetic justice. “Karma hits,” he said in commentary.

Head took full advantage of an early reprieve by slamming his fourth fifty of the season with a 44-ball 58, while Nitish (76 not out in 42 balls) hit his second half-century en route to a 96-run showdown with 57 balls for the third wicket.

Nitish and Heinrich Klassen (42 not out from 19) added another 70 from 32 balls to take SRH beyond the 200-mark for the fifth time this season.

Head, who was dropped by Riyan Parag off the first ball of the innings, hit six fours and three sixes, while Nitish smashed eight maximums and three fours during his brutal assault.

Playing his 300th match, T20 World Cup capped Yuzvendra Chahal was on the line as he was taken down by both batters, conceding 62 in his quota of four overs.

Avesh Khan (2/39) made the first breakthrough, getting Abhishek Sharma (12) caught at deep mid-wicket. Sandeep Sharma (1/31) then took a first-ball wicket, removing Anmolpreet Singh (5) as SRH scored 37 for 2 in the powerplay, their lowest this IPL.

The spin duo of Chahal and R Ashwin (0/36), however, disappointed as the batters milked them for runs to put SRH on the path to recovery.

Chahal had a horrible night as Head smashed him for two sixes and a four during an 18-run stand after he came in to bowl immediately after the powerplay.

The leg-spinner was then taken down by Nitish Reddy, who plundered him for two sixes and two fours to pile up 21 runs as SRH reached 113 for 2 in 13 overs.

Nitish, who also hit Ashwin and Avesh for two maximums, then sent Sandeep sailing under extra cover, while Head pulled Avesh for six more in the 15th over.

Australia, however, played lead on their middle stump as SRH slipped to 131/3.

Nitish then completed his fifty in 30 balls with a single and immediately bowled Ashwin for successive maximums.

New man Klassen then joined the party, sending Chahal into orbit with consecutive sixes. When Boult was back, Klassen picked him for two fours, while taking another six off Sandeep.

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