The second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium was an action-packed humdinger which ended in a super-over. The game also attracted some controversy, which is threatening to boil over. DC defeated KXIP 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 teh game away despite needing to score just a run off the last 3 balls. But that scenario wouldn’t have even taken place if the umpire not called Chris Jordan for a short run in the penultimate over. KXIP co-owner and Bollywood actor Preity Zinta was not in the least amused by the umpire’s controversial call and shared her feelings on Twitter.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag too slammed the umpire for his decision and sarcastically said that the umpire should’ve 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, the equation came down to KXIP requiring 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 cut down one run from Punjab’s tally.
That meant by the end of the over, Kings XI Punjab needed 13 runs off the final over and not 12. Mayank Agarwal smashed 12 runs off the first three balls to level the scores 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 bowled magical last three deliveries, 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. DC went on to win the match in the Super Over as KXIP only managed to score just two runs.