As the IPL 2023 match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore headed towards a thrilling finish, a bizarre incident occured on the final delivery of the match.
With Lucknow needing one run to win off the last ball with one wicket in hand, Harshal Patel attemped to run Ravi Bishnoi out at the non-striker’s end. However, he failed to dislodge the bails in the first attempt and then threw the ball at the stumps to have a second go at running the batter out.
Despite the ball hitting the stumps, the on-field umpire didn’t refer the decision to the third umpire as the rules dictate that a throw at the stumps is invalid after a failed attempt to run the non-striker out.
Had Harshal successfully dislodged the bails when Bishnoi was well out of the oopping crease while backing up, the match would have gone into the Super Over (one-over eliminator) as Lucknow would have been all out with the scores level at 212.
However, Lucknow Super Giants eked out a one-wicket win as yet another fumble, this time by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, allowed Avesh Khan and Bishnoi to sneak a bye.