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Why Unadkat’s delivery to Sharma wasn’t a wide?

Why Unadkat’s delivery to Sharma wasn’t a wide?

The 28th match of the Indian Premier League became controversial when umpire S Ravi decided against adjudging the third ball of the last over to be a wide.

After he had smoked Jaydev Unadkat over mid-wicket boundary on the previous ball, Rohit Sharma walked towards the off-stump in an attempt to repeat the last ball six.

The Rising Pune Supergiants’ bowler, however, pulled the length of his delivery further away from the batsman and the ball was well outside the wide-marker.

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Mumbai Indians required 11 off 4 with four wickets in hand at that time. They fell four runs short of Pune's 160 for 6, as Sharma and Mitchell McClenaghan were caught and run out on the next two balls.

Following the Law 25 – The wide ball law of the MCC Laws of Cricket – the umpire called it a legal delivery, to Sharma’s surprise.

Law 25.2 (a)(ii) states that “the umpire shall not adjudge a delivery as being a Wide” if the batsman “brings the ball sufficiently within his reach to be able to hit it by means of a normal cricket stroke”.