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BCCI awaits match referee’s report of Hyderabad-Karnataka T20 tie

IANS | Visakhapatnam |

Reacting to the untoward incident which took place midway between the Karnataka-Hyderabad Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tie here on Thursday, the BCCI said it is awaiting the official report of the match referee before taking any action.

“The BCCI has taken cognisance of the events that unfolded during and after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match today between Hyderabad and Karnataka. An official report by the match referee is awaited, following which appropriate action as per BCCI’s Code of Conduct will be taken,” the national cricket board said on Twitter.

In the end, Karnataka edged Hyderabad out by 2 runs but the match was marred by an umpiring incident which saw ugly exchanges between both sides at the half-way mark.

The incident happened when Karnataka opener Karun Nair flicked a delivery off Mohammed Siraj over the mid-wicket and picked up a couple of runs.

Mehdi Hassan, the fielder, ran towards the ball and picked it up before it could cross the ropes. However, replays clearly showed that he had stepped on the boundary, but umpire Ulhas Gandhe didn’t bother to go upstairs for a video replay, with Karnataka ending their innings on 203/5.

When Karnataka came out to bowl, skipper Vinay Kumar walked up to the umpire and two runs were added to the target, which was changed to 206 from 204, which irked Hyderabad captain Ambati Rayudu.

As fate would have it, Hyderabad lost the tie by two runs as they folded up scoring 203/9 at the end of their 20 overs.