The IPL 2023 clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) was a heart-stopping affair that ended with a stunning last-ball victory for LSG. Amidst the excitement, Harshal Patel’s run-out attempt on Ravi Bishnoi at the non-striker’s end caught the attention of many, leaving fans and experts puzzled as to why the appeal was turned down.
RCB’s Harshal Patel attempted to run out LSG’s Ravi Bishnoi in the final over, with LSG requiring just one run to win. The RCB pacer noticed Bishnoi backing up too far at the non-striker’s end and tried to dislodge the bails but failed. Patel then threw the ball at the stumps, successfully hitting them, yet the umpire ruled Bishnoi not out. This decision raised many eyebrows, prompting a closer look at the rule in question.
According to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Law 22.214.171.124, a non-striker can no longer be run out once the bowler has completed their bowling action. In this instance, Harshal Patel had already finished his bowling action when he tried to dislodge the bails. Thus, the umpire’s decision to deny the run-out appeal was in line with the rules.
The match was a rollercoaster ride, with RCB setting a daunting target of 213 runs, thanks to fantastic half-centuries by Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell. Lucknow’s bowlers struggled to contain RCB’s powerful batting lineup, which scored 12 fours and 15 sixes in the first innings.
LSG’s chase began disastrously, losing three wickets within the powerplay. However, the tide turned when West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran entered the fray, smashing the joint second-fastest half-century in IPL history and the fastest of IPL 2023, reaching the milestone in just 15 deliveries. His heroics were instrumental in putting LSG back in contention.
Although Pooran’s wicket fell in the 17th over, the lower-order batters held their nerve, bringing the game down to the final over. The dramatic last over saw RCB’s Dinesh Karthik fumble the ball, allowing Avesh Khan to complete the final run and secure a memorable victory for LSG.
In the end, the IPL 2023 match between RCB and LSG provided a thrilling spectacle, with the rulebook playing a crucial role in the outcome. Harshal Patel’s denied run-out attempt on Ravi Bishnoi will undoubtedly go down as one of the most talked-about moments in this season’s tournament.