Mumbai: It was just the second match of Indian Premier League 2020, and we witnessed a thriller match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.
It was Delhi Capitals who struggled earlier as they lost top three batsmen in powerplay itself, but with the help of Marcus Stoinis power packed performance they managed to score 158 runs. Chasing the target of 159 runs Mayank Agarwal scored a stunning 89 off 60 balls and nearly came off chasing a 158-run target for KXIP, but his efforts went in vain as Marcus Stoinis defended the game in the final over, turning the game into a super over where DC defeated KXIP comfortably.
Well, it was not over here with this there was a moment of controversy while Kings XI Punjab’s run chase in the 19th over. On the third bowl of 19th over Mayank and Jordan ran for two runs when square leg umpire Nitin Menon declared it a short run and awarded KXIP only 1 instead of 2, indicating that Jordan did not get his bat on the line while completing the first run.
Meanwhile, replay showed that Jordan clearly tapped his bat at the crease and should have been considered a legal run. However, a run was deducted from KXIP’s account, which eventually cost him the game. Many experts and fans expressed displeasure over the dubious call by Menon, including former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag.
Virendra Sehwag took a dig on poor umpiring he tweeted saying, “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 wrote on Twitter with a picture of Jordan’s run where the bat can be clearly seen over the crease.
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. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/7u7KKJXCLb
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 20, 2020
In the super over, Punjab were able to score only 2 runs as Kagiso Rabada came under constant pressure to dismiss both Rahul and Nicholas Pooran.
Delhi Capitals won by chasing a target of 3 runs in the super over and scored their first points of the season.