India defeated Bangladesh by five runs in a nail-biting thriller in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday. The opposition is now claiming that India should have been penalised for Virat Kohli‘s ‘fake throw’. According to cricket rules, five runs are awarded as a penalty for ‘deceiving a batter,’ so the match would have been a tie.
After the match, Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper made a point of saying how the umpire had ignored a major incident on the field that could have won them the match. “We all saw that it was a wet ground. Eventually, when we talk about these things, there was also a fake throw. It could have been a five-run penalty. That also could have gone our way, but unfortunately, even that didn’t materialise,” Nurul said.
The incident occurred in the seventh over of Bangladesh’s chase at Adelaide Oval, when Litton Das hit a deep off-side field shot off Axar Patel. As Arshdeep Singh sent in the throw, Kohli, who was standing at point, pretended to take a hit at the stumps as the ball passed him. The on-field umpires, Marais Erasmus and Chris Brown did not take action at the time, and the Bangladesh batters – Najmul Hossain Shanto, who was on the other end – also did not point it out.
Here is Virat Kohli’s fake throw
Law 41.5.1 states: "It is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball."#T20WorldCup | #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/Ej8XRAqrHo
— KAZI TAJKIR HOSSEN (@TajkirHossen14) November 2, 2022
Law 41.5, unfair play, prohibits the “deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of [the] batter”, and if an incident is found to be a breach, the umpire can declare that particular delivery as dead ball, and award the batting side five runs.
Bangladesh were 66/0 in pursuit of India’s target when the rain stopped play, but the match resumed after both umpires conferred with the team captains. Shakib was clearly upset as he took back the field because he thought the conditions were too wet. Shakib was seen inspecting the outfield’s condition. He was joined by India captain Rohit Sharma, who engaged in an animated discussion.