Delhi Capitals have pulled off a majestic heist beating Kings XI Punjab in the Super Over in the second game of IPL 2020. However, it was an error from the umpire at the Dubai International Stadium which cost Punjab their first game of the season.
A maverick from Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis helped Delhi Capitals put a decent total on the board. Capped by seven boundaries and three sixes, Stoinis guided Delhi to 157 runs. Although it didn’t look much at the halfway stage, but a top-order collapse made things difficult for Kings XI.
Ravichandran Ashwin scalped two wickets before walking off the field owing to an injury put Delhi in the right stead. While wickets tumbled on from one end, Mayank Agarwal kept going and almost took Punjab home. He smashed 89 off 60 balls to keep KXIP in the contest.
Error from umpire cost Punjab their first game
But Marcus Stoinis – Delhi’ lucky charm once again joined the party to dismiss Mayank and Chris Jordan off the last two deliveries to finish the game in a tie. It all boiled down to the Super Over, where Kagiso Rabada first got KL Rahul with a pace short ball that the KXIP skipper top-edged only as far as Axar Patel at midwicket.
He then sent Nicolas Pooran’s off-stump for a walk as the West Indian attempted a wild swing and got nowhere close to connecting bat with ball. There was no more drama in store as DC walked to their target of three to sneak through in what turned out to be quite the thriller.
However, a clip from the 19th over involving Chris Jordan went viral on social media. During the 19th over of the nail-biting thriller, Chris Joran had reached his ground while taking a run. However, due to an umpiring error, the Punjab franchise was not awarded a run.
The umpire declared it as a short run, resulting in many fans criticising the umpiring standards of the game. The replays showed that Jordan had comfortably made his ground. Many even felt that it was ultimately the short-run umpiring error which cost KXIP the match.
Here are some of the reactions:
I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match.
Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/7u7KKJXCLb
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 20, 2020
What abt that one short run call???? #IPL2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 20, 2020
This was an clear umpiring error at the end of 18th over. Chris Jordan reached his ground, but umpire gave a run short. This 1 run might've cost KXIP their game. pic.twitter.com/Sh67JyKJIx
— SIDDHESH JADHAV®🇮🇳 (@SID4510) September 20, 2020
Indian umpires r worst in the world cricket.
That is why we see few at International level and elite panels.
— Prashant Kumar (@prashantpj7) September 20, 2020
My question is what was third umpire doing that time even when it showed on the screen over and over again?? You have the technology ,why not using and that at so crucial time of the game.
— Nadeem Hossain (@nadeemhossain07) September 20, 2020
All I will say is that one short wasn’t perhaps one short. One inch yet again decides a game. Did the umpire get it right? Why didn’t the TV umpire step in if he is doing so for no balls? @IPL #DCvKXIP
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 20, 2020
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) September 20, 2020
One short that wasn’t. Technology must take over in these cases…..but that’s possible if only the third umpire spotted it in time. What if #KXIP don’t make it to the final four by 2 points?? Tight #IPL2020 is likely to be… https://t.co/juCLU375jg
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 20, 2020