IPL 2020: Poor umpiring hurt KXIP in opening game, Delhi won in Super Over
The value of one run in cricket was proven again on Sunday when 2nd match of Dream11 IPL 2020 took place as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) lost the game just because of one umpiring error. In the 19th over of KXIP while chasing 157 runs, umpiring didn’t count one run and gave it as short run.
Kings XI Punjab required 1 run in the last 3 balls but Marcus Stoinis did something special like batting in the bowling too and dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan on the final two balls of 20th over to take the match into super over in which KXIP lost the game. After completion of 20 overs Punjab’s score was 157/8.
Mayank Agarwal was sensational with his batting as KXIP lost quick wickets in the runs chase and team lost 5 wickets on just 55 score. Agarwal played 89 runs inning in 60 balls to keep hopes alive and eventually he won the game for his side but couldn’t finish it off.
The controversial short run took place in the 19th over when Mayank Agarwal smashed the ball to extra cover region and run for a couple but umpire Nitin Menon called the first run as short one. If it wasn’t called, KXIP would win the game before and there was no need of super over.
KXIP team owner Preity Zinta was unhappy with the umpire’s decision and she asked BCCI to introduce new rules and use technology for betterment of the game.
“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,” Preity Zinta tweeted after the match.
“I’ve always believed in being graceful in a win or loss & in the spirit of the game but it’s also important to ask for policy changes that improve the game in the future for everyone. The past has happened and it’s imp to move on. So Looking ahead & being positive as always,” she added.
Delhi Capitals (DC) were asked to bat first and they lost three quick wickets in span of few overs in the powerplay. Rishabh Pant and captain Shreyas Iyer took responsibility and played sensibly to take team towards a fighting total but both players departed in just spare of balls as DC lost 6 wickets on 96 score.
Marcus Stoinis was the hero for Delhi as he smashed the ball all over the park and made brilliant 53 runs in 21 balls to take Capitals a fighting total of 157 in 20 overs. He also took two crucial wickets in the end to take the game into super over. Stoinis was Man of the match for his all-rounding performance.