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IPL 10: Was Kieron Pollard's Short Run Deliberate?

Cricketnext Staff |May 12, 2017, 2:41 PM IST
IPL 10: Was Kieron Pollard's Short Run Deliberate?

Mumbai: Kieron Pollard has managed to cause a big debate in cricketing circles after he ran a short run in the final over of Mumbai Indians' clash against Kings XI Punjab.

Mumbai Indians needed 16 runs to win off the last over and Pollard, while trying to take a double off the first delivery, failed to ground his bat while taking the first run.

From the looks of it, Pollard seemed to have done it deliberately, in order to make the most of the laws of cricket.

According to Law 18.3 (b) - "Although a short run shortens the succeeding one, the latter if completed shall not be regarded as short."

After the end of the second run, the umpire, who spotted the short run, duly reduced one run from Mumbai's score but Pollard stayed on strike and as a result seemed to have achieved his goal.

However, if the umpires had considered Pollard's act to be deliberate, as mentioned in Law 18.5, the West Indian would have been warned along with one run being reduced. A second deliberately short run offence would see the opposition handed five penalty runs.

Pollard though wasn't warned and managed to hit the next ball for a massive six. As a result Mumbai Indians needed 9 runs from four deliveries and looked favourites to win the match and end Kings XI Punjab's dreams of making it through to the play-offs.

Mohit Sharma though kept his cool and bowled three dot deliveries after that to ensure a 7-run win for KXIP.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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