The cricket world has erupted over a controversial umpiring decision that proved very costly for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis produced a brilliant performance to carry the Delhi Capitals to a super-over win in Sunday's clash.
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However it was a contentious umpiring decision that stole the spotlight after the match.
Chasing 158 for victory and needing 21 off 10 balls, Kings XI opener Mayank Agarwal hit the ball to long-on and came back for two runs.
However square-leg umpire Nitin Menon ruled that Agarwal’s batting partner Chris Jordan had run a short run and not grounded his bat over the crease before coming back for two.
That meant Kings XI were docked a run and only one was added to the score.
However replays appeared to show the umpire got it wrong, with Jordan’s bat clearly over the crease.
Furious fans also pointed out that Menon wasn’t in good position to make the call, standing in front of square leg rather than directly in line with the crease.
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However fans and commentators were left really angry when the controversial call came back to bite Kings XI.
Needing one run from the final two balls, Stoinis managed to snare two wickets to send the match to a super-over - which the Capitals won.
Had they not been docked the ‘short’ run, Kings XI would have won in regulation overs.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was filthy about the umpiring controversy.
“I don’t agree with the man of the match choice,” he tweeted after the match.
“The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match. Short Run … that was the difference.”
Aussie assistant coach Trent Woodhill tweeted footage of the incident and said: “Use the technology available. Poor.”
While New Zealand great Scott Styris described the blunder as “terrible” but said Kings XI only had themselves to blame for butchering the final two balls.
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.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 20, 2020
Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/7u7KKJXCLb
The Super Over shoud not have even happened. That run was definitely not one short. Having said that, Mayank Agarwal should have walked in with KL Rahul in the Super Over and not Pooran #DCvKXIP— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) September 20, 2020
Wtf is the ump standing anyway - all wrong - he has to be level with the crease!— Anurag A. (@funurag) September 20, 2020
If there can be a person specially for checking the no ball with the third umpire, then why cant that same person check all this short short things.... Which can totally change the direction of the game???— Gaurav Shrimali (@GervseGaurav) September 20, 2020
How disgraceful it is, @BCCI and @IPL shame.#DCvKXIP #IPL2020 https://t.co/8xLCVtYy5Q
Unacceptable— Daksh Shukla (@dakshshukla99) September 20, 2020
Stoinis the hero for Kings Punjab XI
Stoinis smashed 53 runs off 21 balls and lifted Delhi's total to 8-157 with England quick Jordan conceding 30 runs off the final over of the innings.
The West Australian then forced the game into the super over by dismissing Agarwal and Jordan off the last two balls with the scores level.
South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada restricted Punjab's total to just two runs in the super over by dismissing captain KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off his second and third deliveries, which brought an end to the over.
Delhi achieved the target after Mohammed Shami bowled a wide and then Rishabh Pant neatly turned the seamer to fine leg for two runs.