The second match of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League IPL was quite exciting. The match played between Delhi Capitals (DC), and Kings Eleven Punjab (KXIP) was a tie. The two teams scored 157 for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. The match was then decided in super overs in which the Delhi team won the match. However, if umpire Nitin Menon had not made a mistake, the match would not have gone up to super overs, and Punjab would have won. In fact, Nitin Menon termed a run in Punjab as a short run, but replays revealed that the run was not short. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was agitated over the umpire's decision and said that the umpire should win the man of the match award.
What was missed by the umpire:
Punjab had a target of 157 runs for the win. In the last 10 balls, he needed 21 runs to win. Mayank Agarwal was batting very well and taking Punjab towards victory. At the other end was Chris Jordan of England. In the 19th over, the Delhi side came to bowl Kagiso Rabada. Manak had a spectacular fourth on his second ball. He completed two runs to the next ball. It was termed as short-run by umpire Nitin Menon. According to Nitin, Jordan did not put the bat inside the crease while completing his first run. Because of this, Punjab got only one run, but the TV replays clearly revealed that Jordan had placed the bat inside the crease. As a result, the match was a tie, and Punjab suffered a defeat in super overs.
Sehwag and Chopra raised questions on Umpire's decision:
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and his opening partner Aakash Chopra were agitated over the decision of umpire Nitin Menon. Sehwag said, "I do not agree with the choice of man of the match in a tweet. The umpire who gave this short run should have been the man of the match. It was not a short run, and that created the difference. Chopra and former Delhi Daredevils coach Trent Woodhill also criticized the umpires and questioned why the technique was not used? It was not a short run, "Chopra tweeted. Technology should be used in such cases, but this is possible only when the third one catches it at the right time. What if the Punjab team could not make a place in the last four due to only two points? Who will take responsibility for it? Preity Zinta also wrote a post about the umpire decision and also requested BCCI to use technology to stop these types of incidents in the future because such decisions sometimes are the setback for any team.
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