In a never-before-seen scenario, everybody including the players at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru spent some good time searching for a cricket ball which was in the pocket of one of the umpires officiating the Royal Challengers (RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Wednesday.
Ankit Rajpoot, ready for the seventh over, asked for the ball and in comical fashion and everybody started looking for it. Replays then showed that Bruce Oxenford had given the ball to his fellow umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin just before taking the time-out.
With no clue, the fourth umpire was seen running out with a box. Realising his slip up, Shamshuddin rushed to the centre of the pitch and handed the match ball to the bowler. The fourth umpire, with a set of new match balls, then hurried off the field before play resumed.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a mamoth total of 202 despite losing their star batsmen in Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali cheaply.
AB de Villiers, unperturbed by the on-field distraction, took the Kings XI Punjab bowlers to the cleaners and hit a 44 ball 82, including 7 sixes and 3 boundaries, to fire RCB past the 200-run mark.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis joined the party and smashed 46 off 34 balls. De Villiers and Stoinis remained unbeaten as the two batsmen stitched a 121-run stand for the fifth wicket.