David Warner was seen questioning the umpires in the Sunrisers Hyperbad's thrilling loss to Virat Kohli's RCB in the IPL over a rarely seen rule enforced in cricket.
The RCB ran out as six-run winners over Warner's team in Wednesday's nail-biter, thanks largely to a dazzling 59 off 41 balls from new boy Glenn Maxwell - remarkably, his first half-century in the IPL for five years.
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But Warner was left frustrated during the final moments of the T20 when Harshal Patel bowled his second no ball.
Patel was pinged for a waist-high no ball against Jason Holder, which went down the leg side.
But with the Hyperbad's needing 13 runs off four balls, Patel appeared to bowl another waist-high no ball.
Rashid Khan was able to dispatch the no-ball to the boundary.
But the Hyperbad's believed Patel had bowled his second waist-high no ball at the batsman, which would result in his second warning and him being pulled from the attack.
Warner could be seen angrily gesturing in the dugout, questioning why Patel was still allowed to finish the final over.
Many on social media also questioned the ruling.
But after the match, the umpires clarified the first no-ball had not been given a warning because it slid down Holder's leg slide and posed no threat.
The Sunrisers' coach, Trevor Bayliss, agreed with the ruling and admitted tensions were running high at the time, which caused the confusion.
“He was a little animated because we weren’t playing very good cricket and we lost,” Bayless said after the match.
“I think the umpires got it right. There was a bit of conjecture over obviously the second high no-ball, but the first one was not directed at the batter’s body, so that wasn’t a warning. So I think the umpires got that one right.”
Warner was critical of his team's batting towards the end of the match in the thrilling loss.
"Quite disappointing how we approached it towards the middle. Against the left-arm orthodox bowler coming in, cross-batted shots and hitting them in the air is not the way to go over here," he said.
"You have to try and assess that when you come in, and there was plenty of time to chase the total down and that too comfortably. It hurts."
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Glenn Maxwell had looked a bit of a busted flush in last year's edition in the Middle East when he was subsequently released by Punjab Kings.
But the 32-year-old, snapped up after a bidding war to play for his fourth different IPL franchise, has begun like a man inspired for RCB, having already helped them win their opening match against champions Mumbai Indians with a brisk 39.
He didn't hit a single six last season but Maxwell has now already clouted five in his first two IPL outings this season and is only 10 runs short of the 108 runs he tallied in 13 innings in the previous edition.
He even got the better of his Test teammate Warner, the captain of the Sunrisers who was also in fine form with his 49th fifty in the IPL but who, after being out for 54, then saw his side slide alarmingly from 1-96 to 9-143 while chasing down RCB's 8-149.
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