The second match of the IPL 2020 was an exciting and riveting affair. Delhi Capitals & KXIP played hard to hail victory at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. However the hard-work of Delhi capitals paid off as they won the game & defeated KXIP in a cutting edge competition on field. The margin of scores was such that even a single run counted a lot. Both teams competed till death end to make the most in their 20 overs quota. Both the teams scored 157 runs for 8 wickets as the match went into a Super Over. Kasigo Rabada then took the onus & bowled a brilliant Super Over to clinch that match for Delhi Capitals.
However there was a moment of controversy in the last over that Delhi Capitals bowled. It seems like Nitin Menon’s howler have resulted in the loss of Kings XI Punjab’s first IPL game of the season against Delhi Capitals.
Before the match went into a Super Over the footage showed that umpire Menon had called a “run short” when Chris Jordan took a couple of runs off Rabada in the 19th over while playing towards long-on area.
The TV replays showed that Jordan completed his first run & the bat was inside the crease. However to KXIP’s horror, Jordan was declared a “short run” which wasn’t the case.
If that run was not declared as short run then it would have meant that KXIP would have won the match without the match going into a Super-Over.
Former Indian Captain Sehwag & his opening partner Aakash Chopra slams Menon for such an irresponsible decision. 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.
The KXIP owner Preity Zinta was also not in favor of the decision & urged BCCI to introduce new rules in the Premier league.
“I travelled 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 cannot be used? It’s time @BCCI introduces new rules. This cannot happen every year. #DCvKXIP @lionsdenkxip,” Zinta tweeted.
Former Delhi Daredevils Coach Trent Woodhill also criticized the umpire & highlighted that technology should be used in taking such crucial decision.
“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.