Kolkata v Pune, IPL 2013, Ranchi

Warriors take KKR down with them

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 15, 2013

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Pune Warriors 170 for 4 (Pandey 66, Finch 48) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 7 (Yusuf 72, ten Doeschate 42) by 7 runs
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Albie Morkel collides with Yusuf Pathan as he goes for the ball, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Kolkata, April 20, 2013
File photo: Yusuf Pathan was involved in a near-collision again © BCCI
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Yusuf Pathan ended his three-year IPL fifty drought, but the day was meant for the end of another barren spell. Pune Warriors won their first match since April 15, which knocked Kolkata Knight Riders out of the tournament. This was their third win in 24 matches, which gave them hope of avoiding the bottom of the table for a second year running.

For a majority of the contest, the match seemed going down the familiar Warriors script. A good start from Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, a slowdown after they fall, a middling finish, then a good start with the ball, then a recovery from the opposition, and then Warriors break down. Tonight, though, it was Yusuf, who seemed to have committed the crucial error, getting out obstructing the field when his 72 off 44 had brought his side to needing 23 off 14 balls. It wasn't a clear-cut decision.

Parnell, who had started well with two wickets in his first spell, was going through a torrid comeback over - 14 off four balls - when he bowled a yorker. The ball was on the pitch but Yusuf took off for the single. Parnell closed in on him while going for the ball, which was also in Yusuf's path.

Parnell stuck his hands out as he approached Yusuf, who slowed down, possibly because of the contact. Yusuf ended up kicking the ball with the face of his foot open, like footballers do. The umpires, with the help of replays, deemed Yusuf had done so deliberately, and ruled him out.

Presumably the umpires also deemed that Parnell didn't deliberately block Yusuf's path by raising his hands. Had they seen it as deliberate obstruction by Parnell, they would have called the ball dead and awarded the batting side five runs. Repeated replays showed neither was Parnell looking at Yusuf when he ran into him nor did Yusuf seem to be looking at the ball when he kicked it.

Yusuf was livid at being given out, and he watched the rest of the match from the stairway to the dressing room, punching the railing at one point. The railing was sturdier than Knight Riders' lower order, who managed only 15 further runs. This was the kind of finish you could have attributed to Warriors in the normal course, but this time they managed to come back every time they slipped.

When Finch fell for 48 off 32, Warriors were 97 for 2 in the 13th over, and the expected slowdown began. Yuvraj Singh struggled against spin, and the next nine balls produced only two runs. Manish Pandey, though, put paid to that, hitting three consecutive fours off Jacques Kallis. Despite later stumbles, Warriors managed 72 off the last six overs.

Parnell put them further ahead with full swinging deliveries to Manvinder Bisla and Kallis. Gautam Gambhir fell early too. Yusuf and Ryan ten Doeschate, though, added 98 for the fourth wicket to take Knight Riders close. Then came Yusuf's first mistake of the night when he refused to respond to ten Doeschate's call for a single to short fine leg.

That single was fair game for the final overs of limited-overs games, but Yusuf was now left needing to make amends. He nearly did make amends by rearranging Parnell's figures, but he was adjudicated to have made the final mistake of the night.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by priceless1 on (May 17, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

They can say whet ever they want but video clearly showed that he purposely kicking the ball away :D

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

I think the decision was correct, however I have issues with the rule. I saw the replay many times, but I do feel Pathan too was obstructed by the bowler, he did literally drag his by pulling his arm. Now, Pathan most likely moved the ball by his feet, but but that was his stupidity, even if he had not kicked the ball, what could the bowler have done, he was too far blocked anyways. Now think about another possibility: in the heat of the moment, what if pathan, un-intentionally was stepping on the ball but realized that he may fall down stepping on the ball and hence moved it away. I feel, that's what happened. It's impossible for umpires to judge that. They went by the book, hard luck for Pathan but I don't like the rule.

Posted by ditor26 on (May 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

It is really very sad and disappointing decision. But more unfortunate is to see the comments here. Most of the people here are saying that it was yousuf's mistake and he did it intentionally, while he was not looking at the ball at all at the time his feet touched the ball.He has to be a very good football player to kick the ball without looking at it.Even the best of the foot ball player do not take their eyes off the ball while kicking at it. Further KKR should have been awarded 5 runs because it was very clear that before Yousuf kicked the ball, Parnell tried to stop him and for a brief moment had him held catching his T shirt. How both the field and the 3rd umpires missed it is certainly very strange.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

KKR were overconfident perhaps with some players' ability and over relied on them. There is a difference between bveing arrogant and being supremely confident, which KKR, a good team that it is, will do weel to realise.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (May 16, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

It was pretty obvious from the close up and slow motion shots that Yousuf made a deliberate attempt to deflect the ball with his foot. Let there be no assumed innocence or attempts to defend the folly. The third umpire's decision was correct and a warning for such players who adopt faul play to win matches. There was no need for Yusuf to resort to such means as he was playing very well at that point in time and would have survived anyway as the fielder would have only targeted the other end if he had picked the ball! Well done umpires!

Posted by Haleos on (May 16, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

The angle from behind looked pretty deliberate. It looked like a football kick. Yusuf may not have intended to do that but intent is very difficult to prove.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

everyone who says it was not deliberate should look at the replay again. True he was not looking at the ball when he kicked it. But a half a second before he was looking at it and that suggest he knew where the ball was. Then the angle which he kicked the ball (like a footballer kicking a ball) proved that it was intentional. There was no need for him to angle his foot that way if he was only trying to complete a single. Very good decision.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

KKR pay prize for overconfidence. YP was rightly given out as he kick the ball. Any fan will see that kick to the ball in replay. by kicking ball he kick KKR out of contest.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 16, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Both sides should have been penalized.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (May 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

I doubt that Pathan did it intentionally. I agree it seems intentional if you look only at his feet but there are enough doubts if you look at the bigger picture logically. I think umpire missed following details

1) His eyes were not on the ball. 2) He was easily going to reach the crease. He had absolutely no reason to obstruct. 3) The ball rolled towards the stumps. No batsman in his right mind will obstruct the field to kick the ball at the stumps. 4) The backlift of his leg was just a part of running between the wickets, it was not for kicking the ball though it looks that way. He was not trying to score a free-kick there to require such a huge backlift. 5) Benefit of doubt goes to the batsman. If umpire was not dead certain, he shouldn't have raised his finger.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

This IS Not Good Decision It Should be Yousuf Pathan Not Out

Posted by coolmask on (May 16, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

It all happened in a flash. All of us have to repeatedly see numerous replays number of times to come to a decision. It happened in the HEAT OF THE MOMENT. Yusuf ran, Parnell converged and slightly tugged his T-SHIRT making Yusuf swirl slightly and another point I might add is maybe Yusuf wanted to avoid treading on the ball while running as it might damage/fracture his ankle/leg. Ryan and the other KKR players including fans beleive that Yusuf never saw the ball. In Theory- The decision has cost KKR a chance in the playoffs and a chance to defend their title. Bottomline -PWI stole a victory and they should be thankful that the match was played at Ranchi not at the Eden Gardens or ...:-)

Posted by deathstar01 on (May 16, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Very good decision from the umpire. Yousuf did it deliberately. And he should be fined for throwing his helmet and bat after getting out. (I dont know why my comments are not published ever!)

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

I would like to say just one thing.The third umpire decision was backed on the replays but he didnt see that while running to the non striker end Yousaf Pathan eyes were not on the ball but just to stumps at the non striker end and that is enough to prove him innocent.His reaction was to the point and would have been given the benefit of doubt.

Posted by obaidulmasum on (May 16, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

KKR badly missed Shakib Al Hasan's performance this year.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Only Yusuf Pathan will know the truth. But looking at the video it looked like he deliberately kicked the ball to save his partner because the other player had not responded to the call and Parnel was very close to the ball.

Posted by cricindian123 on (May 16, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Decision against yusuf pathan just an add for bad umpiring in through out IPL..The video clearly shown that it was first the bowler had interfered the running of batsman and he should have to get the benefit of doubt...Through out IPL seen frustration from the players against umpiring decisions..the next game Dravids dismissal was also an example..ICC has to seriously think to improve the quality of umpiring...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

@Harmony111 - That's absolutely right. Pathan's intentional kick was on a dead ball.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Both were at fault. Parnell clearly held the left hand of Pathan and then Pathan obviously & intentionally kicked the ball under pressure. Pathan bent his head 3 times to the ground before looking at Das & probably told him to run & made a prompt decision to mildly kick the delivery. Ironically, he would have survived if he had run & all Das had to do was sacrifice his wicket. Although Pathan did kick the ball intentionally one cannot deny that parnell was clearly at fault even though his action was unintentional. His action affected Pathan's running, although Das would have been probably out on the other end if Parnell had directly attempted to pick the ball from ground without touching Pathan. I believe the ball should have been called dead because Parnell's unintentional action affected Pathan's running and eventually Pathan committed crime under pressure.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

DAS deserves the Man of the Match.Brilliant thinking Batsman .Please BCCI take him in indian Team

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 16, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Actually Pathan deserved a red card or at least a yellow card :)

Posted by mshyder on (May 16, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

I think YP's kick was clearly intentional. He kicked it from the face of the shoe like a football player if it was unintentional he would had hit it by the toe end of the shoe. Obviously no batsman will ever admit he was deliberately trying to obstruct the fielder - would he ?

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 16, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

@TheUltimateTruth: I don't think Das was at fault there. There was no run there. It was likely that had he too run then Parnell might have picked the ball (as it was coming back to him) and had Pathan run out at the non-striker end. As for the 2nd instance I think it happened on an over-throw and there was little possibility of a run there too.

@Trakkan, Deastroyerhm: I am not a supporter of KKR but it always feels bad to see a team lose like this when they were trying to come out of the rut. I am surprised that none of the commentators noticed or said a word about Parnell's act of obstruction. This is where the batting side is at a loss; they generally can't appeal and won't even get to know about such acts. It is for the umpires to note such things.

Btw, in the cricinfo commentary did anyone read the prophetic comment of one Vatsala Goyal RIGHT before the run out of Pathan? What a jinx !!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Y.Pathan played cleverly a mild football so that no one in the world will notice. Of course, Parnell also tried to push/block Pathan to pick the ball. But it did not appear as intentional. Decision on YP is not all on the wrong side. No only YP, but other cricketers also need to learn a lesson out of it.

Posted by CricSrk on (May 16, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

In my view Yusuf was not seeing the ball when he made the contact. I felt But surely he has blocked parnells way to get into the ball.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (May 16, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Yusuf`s dismissal was an umpiring error. There was enough doubt for it to be deemed a dead ball. Parnell was indeed obstructing the batsman and as the non striker was not responding Yusuf checked his step which made him inadvertently kick the ball and he was not looking at the ball.

Posted by Sumayya11 on (May 16, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

If Parnell's intension was not deliberate then how come Yusuf's intension was deliberate? He was not at all looking at ball. Poor umpiring. Instead Parnell was pushing Yusuf and Yusuf has to change line of run which resulted into harsh decision. Totally unfair...

Posted by liteonon on (May 16, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Pathan was clearly not out. Actually Parnell over ran the ball an then he tries to grab Pathan instead of the ball. Pity for Pathan. These kind of dissmissals affect the player more than a normal out because it also damages the spirit of the player. If parnell then had picked the ball and ran out Pathan, then what will be the scenario?

Posted by patsIndians on (May 16, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

pathan.. playing football on a cricket pitch.... its intentional kick...n he deserves to be out of the ground

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 16, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Das should have at least attempted to sacrifice his wicket. His running between the wickets is hopeless. He is ball watching, not looking at the partner, seems to be clueless.

Posted by iceaxe on (May 16, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Groan... another KKR loss! Kudos to Pune - the better team on the day.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

100 % he is out.....What was he thinking ? clearly he pushed the ball on purpose....No need clear evidence if you just watch the reply once.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (May 15, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Pathan clearly kicked the ball like a football. If that is not intentional , I do not know what is. Although I am not sure Parnell's actions were justified.

Posted by SidsIPLTeam on (May 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Pathan's decision turned out to be the crucial one in the end. And there was enough doubt to call it a dead ball, especially at such an important juncture in a match with high stakes involved. But, in all honesty shouldn't KKR, the defending champions and ones having high ambitions to make the top four have had enough ability to knock off 23 in 13 balls? And another thing - what is going on with Das. First, he doesn't respond to Yusuf's call in favour of not having to sacrifice his wicket. Next, when 12 was required of the last 3 balls & Bhatia was striking the ball better, instead of trying to take the extra run to get Bhatia on strike, he was deep in his crease, with his back turned at Bhatia, not even attempting the second causing the run-out. Chances were less that 10 would be scored of 2 balls. But, atleast the attempt could have been made. Bizarre and extremely unprofessional at this level. KKR playing with these kinds of players probably shouldn't have gone any further!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Clearly, yusuf was trying to stop himself as the other batsman was not running. When he hit the ball, he was actually looking at his partner even before that. His attempt to stop caused his small steps and it seemed as if he was just hitting the ball intentionally. He was not out. Have a closer look at the video with full view of yusuf.

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 15, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

whats the big talk? both teams are anyways out kxip have better chance than kolkata even before the match started

Posted by Zetta on (May 15, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

Pune was the better team in the match and they deserved that win.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

It was clearly Wayne Parnell's fault. He grabbed Yusuf by his arm, which caused Yusuf to lose balance. Horrible umpiring this IPL.

Posted by mngc on (May 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Clearly Parnell obstructed Yusuf first. The ball was on the ground and his hands went out to hold Yusuf about elbow height. He made no attempt to go for the ball. So even if Yusuf kicked the ball the cause would have been the first obstruction and he should have been not out.

To me it looked as though Yusuf would have stepped on the ball with the push from Parnell so he moved it. WAS THERE EVER A CHANCE OF A RUN OUT? No. Even if the ball stayed put, by the time Parnell collected it Yusuf would have been home. The batsman should have gotten the benefit of the doubt. Very bad decision and not in the interest of the sport to allow a bowler to obstruct a batsman.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

i wont say much on this topic it was a shameful decision. no punishment given to parnell and yusuf received such a harsh punishment total injustice

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Unbelievable comments by some of you having sympathy to Yusuf! clearly obstructing the field, hitting like a football, crystal clear should be out every time, cannot understand his frustration after being given out. He should be fined for showing the descent on top of that.

Posted by ProdigyA on (May 15, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Yousuf would not have read the rule book even if he could read. He is like inzy total lack of professional knowledge.

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 15, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@SurlyCynic: The video clearly shows that Parnell's hands were moving towards Pathan and a little while before Pathan kicked the ball Parnell's hands were in contact with Pathan.

If Parnell's intent was to stop the ball then his hands should have been moving towards the ground. Just as Pathan had no reason to kick the ball similarly Parnell had no reason to do what he did. Also, pls note that Pathan was NOT running into Parnell. Pathan is seen running somewhat diagonally and Parnell is seen running towards Pathan (presumably to stop the ball). Thus, it was not Pathan who was responsible for getting into contact with Parnell. Having proven this, one can clearly reason that a) It was Parnell who ran towards Pathan/Ball and b) It was Parnell who moved his hands towards Pathan's body and made physical contact with him. Note that even though a fielder has the right to stop the ball, he can't do that by distracting/obstructing the batsmen.

Law 42.5.b(i): Pathan's kick was on a dead ball.

Posted by Survivor4you on (May 15, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

I think Yusuf was looking at Das when his foot came in between the ball he was giving signal to Das please run and avoid making him run out, I wonder how could Das think of keeping his wicket when Yusuf was playing so well, he did same thing with Rajat Bhatia, Rajat had already made half of the crease for 2nd run and he got out while Das just completeled 1 run and was looking at the ball, it was totally unprofessional cricket by Das both the times with Yusuf and Rajat Bhatia.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

I don't think Pathan will ever done that Purposefully as far I know him he is very honest and respect the game..Feel very sad for him. What punishment has been given to Parnell who tried to block Yousuf..ppor decision by umpires..what a big cost for KKR.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

On compassionate grounds, Yusuf could have got a chance to survive.But an Umpire can not allow that as the rules in the Book of cricket is against doing it.Moreover Yusuf did the act like a footballer .That too was wrong.if the Bowler had tried to avoid him,he could have still ran without touching the ball.

But the in real fault was neither the Bowler nor Pathan .It was Das who did the mistake of not giving start to Yusuf's single.Had he given timely start at the cost of sacrificing his wicket he could have become a hero not only for the sacrifice but for avoiding a Controversy as well. Any how an unfortunate incident which is worth forgetting conveniently.

Similar incident happened in Australia where Tendulkar from reaching crease was stopped by The Australian fielders.but there too The batsman was given out following the Books. So this case is OK.The Umpire is right& Yusuf wrong.

Posted by ShyamSunderVyas on (May 15, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

KKR and Kolkatta and Football, all three linked are linked up, no matter what the circumstances. Maybe in this instance if the senior pathan would have touched the ball with the tip of his boot instead of hitting it sideways, the decision from the umpire would have been different. Maybe this incident will make our cricketers stop using football as practice sessions, so that kicking the ball as pathan did, does not come as a natural action for them. I think what senior pathan did was not intentional, but still not acceptable.

Posted by a.roy20 on (May 15, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Rules are rules. One cannot keep complaining why Yusuf was given out. He should have known better.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 15, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

TBH , I think it was 6 of one , half a dozen of the other.

To me Parnell (whether it be deliberate or not) blocked his path and YP kicked the ball. I'm not totally sure why he kicked the ball as to me it looked like there was little likelihood of the runout happening. I also wonder what would have happened had WP thrown at the stumps and YP got in the way (interpreted to have deliberately obstructed the ball) being that YP had to go the long way due to WP obstructing him. Personally I think the umpire could have used a little common sense (being that both men seemed guilty) and either called a dead ball and just let the run stand. I also wonder if YP's antics were also partly due to guilt of running out RTD?

Posted by philipsmgp on (May 15, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Its a pity why people are blaming parnell for pulling yusuf.It was very clearly evident yusuf was making sure he covered the ball so parnell could not pick it up and throw.And as a international player he should have been aware of the rules.He can no way kick the ball.It was clearly revealing in the replay he played a football shot.He himself has to blame no one else.Parnell is no way a culprit here other than pathan.

Posted by ArmChairUmpire on (May 15, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Prantik, it was not a question of sacrificing. The kicking of the ball by Yusuf was both deliberate and daft. He was not at risk of a run out, Debrata was. In high energy and high stakes games, it is important not to lose it. It is not that Yusuf is not an experienced player. Sad to say but that deliberate kicking of the ball left the third umpire with no choice but to give him out. And see how the game turned.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

I feel Yusuf wasn't deliberate, because he was talking to the other batsman rather than looking at the ball while his foot hit it!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Amidst the controversy, even if I admit Pathan's action being deliberate on the spur of the moment, my only point what was debabrata das doing? Pathan was a set batsman who could have won the match for KKR...he sets for a run, das goes on refusing...if das had sacrificed his wicket by starting to run, pathan would not have done the blunder he did...he would have been safe and KKR still alive.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 15, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@Deastroyerhm, Harmony111, definitely Parnell obstructed and there is no business for him to trying to catch YP physically. Injustice this one.

Posted by Technical-1 on (May 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Unfortunate situation! Things happen.

Posted by spookygobee on (May 15, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Deliberate, Definite, Intentional Obstructing the field. Look the way he kick the ball away. Typical... sooooo typical.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 15, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Another question, unrelated to the umpire's decision -- What was D.Das doing refusing the single? He was terrible -- it was clear to everyone Yusuf had to bat all the way till the end to pull KKR through. Selfish act by Das. He got Bhatia run out too. Not that Bhatia was going to win it for them, but Das was not playing for KKR. He was playing for himself. He reminded me of Rayudu in that MI's finals against CSK some years ago where he almost had Pollard run out when Pollard wanted the strike. It was clear to the world then if MI were going to win when the RRR had climbed to unreasonable levels who was going to win it for them -- Pollard, not Rayudu.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Love them or hate them but you cannot ignore KKR much like it's owner SRK. All the best for the next season KKR.

Posted by Deastroyerhm on (May 15, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

@Harmony111 Great reference there. Top stuff. That seems game over for anyone who says Yusuf Pathan was out unless anyone can offer any counterarguments?

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Parnell was trying to go for the ball and Pathan got in the way. Batsman and bowlers get tangled up in that situation all the time, and it's never clear who is obstructing who. But to then kick the ball so obviously, football style, and then sulk on the steps punching things is not something you see every day! Terrible behavior.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

KKR badly missed Shakib this year! Forget this year, make Shakib captain next year for KKR and see the magic! Shakib is currently amongst 3 on ICC's top all rounder's list of all formats of cricket, which rare achievement was not made possible by any cricketer of this globe before!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan is being blamed for his dismissal but Wayne Parnell grabbed at him & his tweet "I play the game hard but I play it fair" well his fairness is there for all to see.As far as standard of umpiring during this year's IPL is for everyone to see & it fully justifies why there are no Indian umpires among the ICC's Elite Umpires.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Let's just say Yusuf did it on purpose. But let's not forget Parnell prompted that action, because if yusuf didn't do it, he may have been run out.

If Yusuf deserved an out because of that decision, KKR deserved 5 runs added to their tally because of Parnell's actions.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (May 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

The video evidence showed two things (i) Yusuf kicking the ball, either intentionally or to avoid stepping on it, and (ii) Parnell holding on to Yusuf's hand. Given (ii), (i) should not have mattered at all, and so, NOT OUT should have been the right call. It was disappointing to see a good game change on this decision. I am no KKR fan, but it is sad to see umpires determining game outcomes rather than the players. IPL umpires need more training. BCCI please spend some of your big bucks on this training now.

Posted by theSoutherner on (May 15, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

What happened in the field may be different. But from the video replays, 2 things are for evident 1) It is true that Parnell tried to stop Pathan by holding his hands 2) It is true that Pathan deliberately short stepped his stride so that his foot would kick the ball.

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 15, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

As per Law 42.5, it was Parnell who was guilty of "DELIBERATE DISTRACTION OR OBSTRUCTION OF BATSMAN" and so Pathan's act was immaterial cos as per clause 42.5 b (i) the ball was actually DEAD at that moment. KKR should have had 5 penalty runs but instead today they were robbed. I feel sorry for KKR today.

Pathan did indeed hit the ball with his right foot and so made a fit case for being given Obstructing the Field EXCEPT for the fact that this illegality was done AFTER another illegal act where Parnell tried to stop Pathan from taking the run. Common sense says that you got to deal with such acts in the order of occurring. Parnell's illegal act was of such a short duration that Pathan and the two umpires might not have seen it but surely the 3rd umpire must have noticed in the replays, didn't he?

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

I dont agree with TV umpire decision while giving Yousuf out obstructing the field because once Parnell obstructed the batsman by pulling his hand.This incidence has two parts. In first part parnell is guilty.Then there is no need of reviewing the obstructing caused l by Yousuf

Posted by RD2013 on (May 15, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Sportsmanship is loser again. Difficult to prove or disprove obstructing field. The elegant rule could be reversal of run as well as ball.

Posted by Deastroyerhm on (May 15, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Pathan , in my opinion, clearly did not kick the ball on purpose. It may seem that way if you just look at the shot depicting his feet. But if you look at the bigger picture you see that he was looking at Das not at the ball and Parnell was holding on to him. Parnell physically slowing him down and because of being slowed by his own hesitation/confusion he accidental hit the ball with the side part of his foot.

Regardless, batsman should have been given the benefit of the doubt in a case of such unsurity.

Posted by Narabavi on (May 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Yes Yousuf obstruct the field by kicking the ball away.But before that bowler Parnell obstructed the batsman by hold his hand.'Not out' is the right call I think.Anyway nice to see Pune winning a match after while.

Posted by Abitha on (May 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Hero and the Villain. Yousuf almost won the match for KKR by playing Cricket. But lost the match by playing FOOTBALL!!!!!! Pity that a person drowning took his mate along. Bad luck KKR.. Kashinath

Posted by pinn on (May 15, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

On the final match for KKR ( he is going to be retained for KKR ? ), Yousuf produced his first 50 for them. But it is going to be remembered for wrong reason. He played beautifully for this 70+ runs, but not sure where that one came from ?

Posted by elgenioroshan on (May 15, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

@Samuditha - U must be a SL fan. Senanayake may be better than Bhatia but not Das. U haven't seen KKR's match against I guess somerset in the previous CLT20 where he smacked 40 odd in 18 balls to propel the score to 180. He has also played wonderful cameos in the 2011 IPL.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

this was not fare with kkr, as the international rules when bells comes off there is no chance of a runout until u put the bell and take out it again. poor decisions against kkr there were 3-4 wide deliveries was ignored by umpires, parnell tried to stop pathan by holding his hand was ignored, really disappointed with the decisions

Posted by sumit1982 on (May 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Why GG playing senanayake today rather go for morgan. Give a Indian spinner chance today, why shami ahmed not choosing in replace of Balaji. It is no use of playing two Military medium pacer in single match Bhatia and Balaji.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

agreed what yusuf had done was wrong , but many have probably missed wayne parnell trying to pull yusuf back

Posted by Chocy on (May 15, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Surprise by decision!! Bowler has right to hold the hand of Batsman and Batsman need to change his way if bowl is coming in his way.

Posted by Nike_007 on (May 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan deserves to be in KKR under Gambhir Captaincy. It was clear from the visuals that he kicked the ball intentionally. Shame. First your captain sledged Rahul Dravid and now players ruining the image of Gentleman's game.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Just so sad because umpires didn't notice that Parnell holding onto Pathan, I am wondering why with such technology being used The Third Umpire can't see those things, Poor Umpiring generally in this IPL, Except for few umpires others have not given good decisions. However KKR all da best for da last match & for da next season.

Posted by metrojonesy123 on (May 15, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

@Lindsey Sorry I have to disagree with you, his foot does change direction pre contact with the ball, but I do agree that Parnell may have provoked him, but he should've left it for the umpires to decide if its a penalty and five runs added rather than what appears to have 'kicked' it away.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 15, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

It appeared like clear footbal kind of kick by Yusuf... and he was sulking in the pavillion, come on man grow up!

Posted by deathstar01 on (May 15, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Very bad example set by Yousuf Pathan. His reaction after getting out was so ridiculous. He must have known that he did it intentionally. The world have seen it. I guess he is going to get fined for throwing helmet and bat and fisting the railing of staircase. Defintely put KKR in the bottomhalf of the Fair Play table.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Cheap cricket by Yusuf. Once again kkr players fighting among each other. This time it's bhatia and das. I am happy Kkr's campaign is over. I hope either SRH or KXIP qualify as the 4th team for the play-offs.

Posted by Hamja000 on (May 15, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

That was deliberate for sure. He should not have done it. Even his reactions of throwing the bat and helmet and rattling the railing of the stair set a bad example for cricket.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

they totally forgot senanayake is a power hitter....better than bathia and das for sure........and that cost them alot through out the series...

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

that was a rough call on Yusuf, i don't think it was intentional. especially as he looked to be looking at his batting partner when Parnell was grabbing him!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

PuneWarriors had a good chance to win though not for any benefit to them.Neither thereof any absolute benefit to KKR also by winning except they could keep themselves alive. Continuously using Murtaza instead of calling Yuvrajsingh is a blunder or not time alone could tell

Posted by spant on (May 15, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Pune makes sure to loose match as well as fans! In a sluggish pitch like Ranchi, they have left Mendis and Rasool, where both would have excelled!! Even in last match with MI, Mendis was pick of the ballers. Is it a strategy to dismantle the core completely?

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