IPL 2020, DC vs KXIP: Umpire’s ‘short term’ 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 of a T20 game all wrapped up in one, adding that there was also some controversy, which threatens to boil over. Delhi Capitals defeated Kings XI Punjab in a Super Over to give their IPL 2020 campaign a winning start, but did so by the skin of their teeth. Punjab threw out the game despite only having to score one run from the last 3 balls. But that scenario wouldn’t even have come true if the referee hadn’t called Chris Jordan for a short period of time.
Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood actor Preity was not in the least amused by the referee’s controversial call and made her feelings known on Twitter.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also slammed the referee for his decision, sarcastically saying he should have been awarded the Man of the Match award.
I traveled enthusiastically during a pandemic, did 6 days of quarantine and 5covid tests with a smile, but that one short run hit me hard. What’s the point of technology if it can’t 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
While Mayank Agarwal had great guns, KXIP needed 21 of the last 10 balls when Englishman Chris Jordan was called up for a short run by square-leg umpire Nitin Menon at the end of the striker.
A corner on TV reruns showed that Jordan had in fact dragged his bat over the line, but despite Menon’s original decision to build Punjab, a run was not nullified.
That meant that by the end of the over, Kings XI Punjab needed 13 runs from the last six-ball and not 12. Mayank Agarwal hit 12 runs from the first three balls to level the scores, but the match would be ended with Punjab winning with the three balls left if the ‘short term’ decision had not been made.
In the end, Marcus Stoinis got a rabbit out of the hat, by bowling a ball and following it with Agarwal and Chris Jordan’s wickets to send the match into a Super Over.
Delhi Capitals won the race in the Super Over in a gallop after Punjab managed to score only two runs.
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