Controversy erupted in the IPL match between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians here today with the latter team's captain Harbhajan Singh having a heated and prolonged argument with the field umpires who committed a mistake in not giving a home side's Kumar Sangakkara out.
The incident happened in the 13th over of the Deccan Chargers' innings after they opted to bat first. Sangakkara was clearly out off the bowling of Munaf Patel though the field umpires thought it otherwise initially before referring the decision to the third umpire.
The third ball of Munaf Patel's third over and 13th of Deccan Chargers' innings saw Sangakkara dragging the ball onto the off-stump with the bails dislodged and the ball hit the wickets for the second time after ricocheting from Mumbai wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
Munaf Patel (centre) and Rohit Sharma (left) arguing with the umpire over the decision to give Kumar Sangakkara not out. Pic/AFP
Field umpires AK Chowdhury of India and JD Cloete of South Africa consulted each other but thought that the ball came off Karthik's pads and ruled Sangakkara not out.
That led to the drama as an angry-looking Harbhajan came rushing in to the umpires and apparently asked Cloete why he did not go upstairs for a third umpire decision. But in spite of the Mumbai players insisting that Cloete check with the third umpire, the South African was adamant and refused to comply with the request.
A heated argument ensued between Harbhajan and the field umpires with Munaf joining in and play stopped for more than five minutes. Harbhajan was seen arguing with the umpires in an aggressive manner.
Deccan captain Sangakkara also had words with the umpires who finally referred the decision to the third umpire. The third umpire then gave Sangakkara out as was expected and play resumed.