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Bizzare Umpiring Error! Bangladesh Official Allows 7-Ball Over In BAN vs NZ

image-lmx4vcb0Sharfuddoula umpired during NZ vs BAN 1st ODI (x.com)

The match officials play a pivotal role in ensuring error-free conduct of the match. They are tasked with a myriad of responsibilities that need to be carried out under pressure situations. But quite often, their occasional lapses on the field tend to have a negative impact on the game.

Such was the case in the second ODI game between New Zealand and Bangladesh that was played on Saturday. A bizarre incident came to light during the 47th over of the New Zealand innings when the umpire lost the ball count of that over. Mahedi Hasan was the bowler who was gearing up to bowl his 9th over. The onus rested on the shoulders of umpire Sharfuddoula to ensure 6 legal deliveries were bowled in that over.

However, the amateur umpire experienced a brain-fade moment whereby he failed to keep an accurate count of the number of balls delivered in an over. As a result, instead of the usual six-ball quota, Hasan ended up bowling an over of seven balls while New Zealand were batting. This meant that Mahedi Hasan had to bowl an extra ball in the ninth over of his bowling spell.

Although Hasan ended up bowling an extra delivery, the following over was not adjusted and comprised only 6 balls. Eventually, he bowled his full quota of overs and finished the game with figures of 10-0-45-3 which did not reflect the additional ball that he bowled during his 9th over.

However, in the grand scheme of things, that extra ball did not seem to make a major difference to both sides. New Zealand went on to register a comprehensive victory against the Tigers by an unassailable margin of 86 runs.

Ish Sodhi was the start of the show scored 35 (39) and finished with outstanding figures of 6/39 to derail the hosts. As Blackcaps go 1-0, Bangladesh have one last chance of redeeming themselves in the series by salvaging a win in the remaining ODI game.