If the TV footage and visuals are to be believed – Kings XI Punjab was probably robbed of a win against Delhi Capitals courtesy a contentious umpiring call in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League on Sunday. ICC’s new Elite Panel entrant Nitin Menon’s howler may have cost Kings XI its first IPL win in the new season at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The result of the match was later decided through Super Over. Also Read - CSK vs MI Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians T20 Match 41 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium 7.30 PM IST October 23 Friday
While both teams were tied at 157 for 8, it was Kagiso Rabada, who bowled a brilliant Super Over to clinch it for Capitals. Before the match went into Super Over, TV footage showed that square leg umpire Menon had called a ‘run short’ when Chris Jordan took a couple of runs off Rabada in the 19th over while playing towards the long-on area. Also Read - IPL 2020, Match 43 Preview: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Dubai
The TV replays showed that Jordan legally completed the first run and the bat was inside the crease. However, to KXIP’s horror, Jordan was declared a ‘short run’ which means he didn’t enter his bat inside the crease which wasn’t the case. Also Read - IPL 2020, Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals
If that run would have been allowed, it would have meant that KXIP would have won the match inside the 20 overs.
Former India captain Virender Sehwag and his opening partner Aakash Chopra lashed out at Menon. “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,” Sehwag tweeted.
Chopra and former Delhi Daredevils coach Trent Woodhill also criticized the umpiring and that technology wasn’t used.
“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,” Chopra wondered aloud.
KXIP can appeal to the IPL Governing Council for a change in decision.