IPL 2020, DC vs KXIP: Umpire’s ‘low run’ decision costs Kings XI Punjab dear.© Twitter
The DC vs KXIP IPL 2020 clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium had all the thrills and spells to look forward to, and along with it there was some controversy that is in danger of boiling over. The Delhi Capitals made a winning start to their IPL 2020 campaign by defeating Kings XI Punjab in the Super Over, but did so by the skin of their teeth. Punjab threw the match despite needing to score just one run from the last 3 balls. But even that scenario would not have been understood had the umpire not called Chris Jordan for a short time.
Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood actor Preity was not the least happy with the umpire’s controversial call and stated her feelings on Twitter.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also slammed the umpire for his decision and sarcastically said that he should have been given the man of the match award.
I traveled enthusiastically during an epidemic, doing 6 day quarantine and 5covid tests with a smile, but that one short run hit me a lot. If it cannot be used, what does technology mean? It’s time @BCCI Introduces new rules. This cannot happen every year. #DCvKXIP @lionsdenkxip https://t.co/uNMXFJYfpe
– Preity Ji Zinta (@realpreityzinta) September 21, 2020
After Mayank Agarwal’s great shot, KXIP needed 21 runs off the final 10 balls when Englishman Chris Jordan was called for a run by square leg umpire Nitin Menon as he turned to take a second run at the striker’s end.
An angle on TV replays showed that Jordan had indeed pulled his bat on the line, but despite that the original decision Menon had made to score Punjab a run did not turn up.
By the end of this over, Kings XI Punjab needed 13 runs off the final six balls and not 12. Mayank Agarwal scored 12 off the first three balls to level the score, but the match ended and Punjab would have won three. A ‘short run’ with balls was not decided.
In the end, Marcus Stoinis put a dot ball, took the rabbit out of the hat, and sent the match to a super over with the wickets of Aggarwal and Chris Jordan.
Delhi Capital managed to score just two runs after winning the match in a canter in the Super Over.
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