Cricket: Failed 'Mankad' controversy erupts in Big Bash League's Melbourne Derby

Controversy engulfed the Melbourne derby in Australia's Big Bash League, as Melbourne Stars captain Adam Zampa tried and failed to pull off a 'Mankad' runout against Melbourne Renegades.

In the first innings of the clash between the two Melbourne rivals, Stars skipper Zampa attempted to run out Renegades batter Tom Rogers at the non-striker's end, known as a 'Mankad'.

However, while Rogers was short of making his ground - backing up too far in the attempt to try and steal a single - the laws of the game went against Zampa.

According to Law 38.3.1, a bowler cannot run a batter out at the non-striker's end, should their arm have completed its motion from vertical to horizontal.

The law states the batter cannot be run out if they are under the assumption the ball has, or will be bowled, and that a bowler cannot withold the delivery in the attempt to do so.

And while Stars coach David Hussey said should the runout have been legitimate, they'd have withdrawn their appeal, Zampa himself was unaware of the rule which cost his side a wicket.

"If you haven't let the ball go, then... I had assumed that the batter still has to be in the crease," Zampa said post-match. 

"But apparently if you finish your action and they can assume you have bowled the ball, then they are allowed to leave the crease.

"I am not sure what decision I would have [gone] with once the ruling had been made, but basically, straightaway Gerard [Abood, umpire] said, 'you finish your action, I don't think it's out'. 

"So it didn't matter. As soon as Gerard said that I knew it wouldn't be out, because I knew how far my arm had come over. Gerard said, 'if your arm comes all the way over, and he can assume you have bowled the ball, then you can't do that'. 

"So straightaway, I was like, 'yeah, that's not out'."

While frowned upon, the 'Mankad' runout is legal, as new rules from the ICC in September moved to legitimise the act as a valid means of taking a wicket

On the field, the Renegades took a much-needed 33 run victory over their local rivals.

Batting first, the Renegades made 141/7 from their 20 overs, with three batters - including New Zealand's Martin Guptill - sharing the honours with a top score of 32.

Fellow Blackcap Trent Boult finished as the best on display with the ball for the Stars, taking 2/23 from his four overs.

In response, though, the Stars wilted with the bat, and could only reply with 108/9 from their 20 overs.

Tom Rogers - the batter Zampa attempted to run out - had the last laugh on the night, taking 5/16 with the ball to rout the Stars.

Victory sends the Renegades to third on the BBL ladder, with four wins and four losses from their first eight games.

Meanwhile, the Stars sit second from bottom, with only two wins and four points to show from their opening seven matches.

Melbourne Renegades 141/7 (Guptill 32, Marsh 32, Harvey 32 not out; Boult 2/23) Melbourne Stars 108/9 (Larkin 48 not out; Rogers 5/16)