IPL 2020, DC vs KXIP: Umpire’s ‘short run’ decision cost Kings XI Punjab dear.© Twitter
The DC vs KXIP IPL 2020 clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium had all the thrills and spills that makes for riveting viewing, and add to that it also had some controversy, which is threatening to boil over. Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab in a Super Over to get their IPL 2020 campaign off to a winning start, but did so by the skin of their teeth. Punjab threw away the match despite needing to score just a run off the final 3 balls. But that scenario wouldn’t have even come to fruition had the umpire not called Chris Jordan for a short run.
Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood actor Preity was not in the least amused by the umpire’s controversial call and made her feelings known on Twitter.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag too slammed the umpire for his decision and sarcastically said that he should have been given the Man of the Match award.
I travelled enthusiastically during a pandemic,did 6 days of Quarantine & 5covid tests with a smile but that one Short Run hit me hard. What’s the point of technology if it cannot be used? It’s time @BCCI introduces new rules.This cannot happen every year. #DCvKXIP @lionsdenkxip https://t.co/uNMXFJYfpe
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) September 21, 2020
With Mayank Agarwal going great guns, KXIP were left needing 21 off the final 10 balls when Englishman Chris Jordan was called for a short run by square-leg umpire Nitin Menon at the striker’s end.
One angle on TV replays showed that Jordan had in fact dragged his bat over the line but despite that the original decision made by Menon to dock Punjab a run was not overturned.
That meant by the end of the over, Kings XI Punjab needed 13 runs off the final six ball and not 12. Mayank Agarwal smashed 12 runs off the first three balls to bring the scores level but the match would have finished with Punjab winning with the three balls to spare had the ‘short run’ decision not been made.
In the end, Marcus Stoinis pulled a rabbit out of the hat, by bowling a dot ball, and following it up with the wickets of Agarwal and Chris Jordan to send the match into a Super Over.
Delhi Capitals went on to win match in the Super Over at a canter after Punjab managed to score just two runs.
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