Mumbai lodge complaint against Umpire Suresh Shastri

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mumbai Indians has lodged an official complaint against Suresh Shastri, who was the third umpire of their IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.

Updated: May 27, 2008 11:04 IST
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New Delhi:

Mumbai Indians has lodged an official complaint against Suresh Shastri, who was the third umpire of their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

The Mumbai side appeared to be at the receiving end of a few contentious decisions in the match, which they eventually lost by just one run.

"Yes, I can confirm that the franchise owners have filed an official complaint," coach Lalchand Rajput told reporters, on the eve of the Mumbai side's Indian Premier League match against the Delhi Daredevils.

After the defeat against Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar did not hide his anger and said, "The whole world has watched what it was all about. So I would leave it at that. I will leave it to the team management to see if they want to do anything about it."

"Everyone has seen what happened and in whose favour the decisions eventually went. Had we got those two run out decisions our way, we would have added two more runs to the tally and won the match," Tendulkar said after the team's six-match winning streak came to a halt in the nail-biting finish.

The Mumbai side felt they were unlucky in both the run-out appeals involving Punjab XI batsman Luke Pomersbach and their own Dwayne Smith.

Shastri, however, maintained that he simply went by the law. "I don't want to make any comments. I can only say I went by law 28.1 (The wicket is down)," Shastri said.

Law 28.1 deals with what constitutes a wicket put down. According to the law, the wicket is put down if a bail is completely removed from top of the stump, or a stump is struck out of the ground by either the ball, striker's bat, part of his clothing or equipment, by a fielder with his hand/arm providing the ball is held in the hand.

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