Both Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers captains today said that there was no bad blood left
among the players in the controversial dismissal of home side skipper Kumar Sangakkara in their IPL match on Monday.
The match was marred by controversy with Mumbai captain Harbhajan Singh having a heated and prolonged argument with the field umpires after Sangakkara was not given out in the 13th over of home side innings.
Sangakkara dragged the ball onto the off-stump with the bails dislodged and the ball hit wickets for the second time after ricocheting from Mumbai wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
A heated argument followed 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, apparently telling them why they did not refer the decision to the third umpire.
The field umpires, who apparently thought the ball hit wickets after coming off from Karthik's pads, eventually referred the decision to the third umpire who gave Sangakkara out as expected
"We have moved on. It is closed now. I have checked with my wicketkeeper (Dinesh Karthik). The correct decision was taken at the end," Sangakkara said after his side lost by five wickets in a thriller.
"We were very sure that the ball had hit the off-stump first. Our point was that if they (umpires) were not sure they should refer the decision to third umpire early before ruling the batsman not out," Harbhajan said.
"We all want to play fair game and eventually it was referred to the third umpire and correct decision was taken finally. So it is no issue now," he added.
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