'Should be ashamed': Cricket world erupts over 'disgraceful' act

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Rishabh Pant and the Delhi Capitals, pictured here fuming at the umpire.
Rishabh Pant and the Delhi Capitals were left fuming. Image: IPL

Cricket fans and commentators were left stunned on Friday as an ugly umpiring controversy erupted in the IPL.

Jos Buttler blasted his third century of the IPL season to help the Rajasthan Royals to a 15-run victory over David Warner's Delhi Capitals.

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However the win was marred by ugly scenes late in the match when the Capitals were left fuming at officials.

Delhi needed 36 off the final over to win, meaning Rovman Powell needed to hit six consecutive sixes off Obed McCoy.

And he sent the crowd into absolute pandemonium when the first three balls all went over the boundary.

However the Capitals were left fuming when the third delivery wasn't called a waist-high no-ball, despite replays appearing to show it should have been.

The equation was instead left at 18 off three balls, instead of 18 off four balls with a free hit.

Powell remonstrated with the on-field umpires to check the height of the delivery, and Capitals captain Rishabh Pant was also fuming.

Delhi players and officials could be seen arguing with umpires on the boundary before an assistant coach was sent onto the field to continue the argument in farcical scenes.

"You can't do that," Kevin Pietersen said in commentary. "You can't send someone onto the field."

Another commentator added: "This is dissent now. This is cricket, not football."

Replays, pictured here appearing to show the delivery should have been called a no-ball.
Replays appeared to show the delivery should have been called a no-ball. Image: IPL

Cricket world fumes over 'disgraceful' scenes

When play finally resumed, McCoy conceded just two runs with the next two deliveries before dismissing Powell off the last ball.

"I thought the no-ball could have been precious for us," Pant said afterwards.

"I thought we could have checked that no-ball, but it's not in my control. Yes, disappointed, but can't do much about it."

When asked whether it was right for a Delhi coaching staff member to challenge the umpire's decision on the field, Pant said: "It wasn't right, but what happened with us was also not right.

"It was just the heat of the moment, can't do much about it."

Pant believed if that third McCoy delivery was declared a no ball, his team could have won.

"I thought we could have done pretty well from there," he said.

"It hurts more when you go so close, especially in a match when the other team has scored 220 runs. ... I can only tell them to have their chin up."

Cricket fans condemned Pant's actions after the match, while others believed the Capitals had been robbed.

Rajasthan scored the highest total of the IPL season thanks to a brilliant 155-run opening stand between Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal.

Buttler hit nine sixes and nine fours in a blistering knock of 116 off 65 balls - his third century in an incredible season so far.

Skipper Sanju Samson added an unbeaten 46 off just 19 balls, helping the Royals reach 2-222.

Warner then cracked a spirited 28 off 14 balls in Delhi's reply, however it wasn't enough.

Rajasthan fast bowler Prasidh Krishna, who got rid of Warner, stood out in a game dominated by batters and grabbed 3-22.

with AAP

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