Didn’t know I had nicked the ball: Smith on LBW review

Written by Abhishek Patil

Rajasthan Royals improved their chances of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs by defeating Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets on Monday. It was a clinical performance by the RR players as they dominated CSK with both bat and the ball. However, the day did not finish without a little controversy.

The third umpire saw the faintest of nicks, something which even Smith did not feel, on Ultra Edge. So eventually umpires’ decision was upheld and he was given not out. Smith commented on the incident after the match.

“I didn’t know I’d nicked the ball (LBW call), but I was relieved to see that I had,’ Smith told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

With this win, Steve Smith-led Royals has moved to the fifth position in the IPL points table with 8 points from 10 matches while CSK is now languishing at the bottom with just six points.

Rajasthan Royals chased down a total of 125 with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. Jos Buttler played a match-winning knock of 70 runs while skipper Smith played an unbeaten innings of 26 runs.

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