‘Bade bade tournaments mein chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain’ – Mohammad Kaif reacts after umpire’s incorrect short-run call in DC vs KXIP match
Kaif also praised Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada for their whole-hearted efforts.
Updated - Sep 21, 2020 10:58 am
The second match of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) had everything one could expect for. The game between Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) turned out to be an absolute humdinger as the match went into the Super Over. The one-over eliminator happened after KXIP failed to score one run in their last three balls and also lost two wickets.
Amidst some awe-inspiring contest between bat and ball, a mini-controversy also took place. It happened in the 18th over of KXIP’s run-chase when the umpires seemed to have made an error in judgement. They robbed Chris Jordan off a run, signalling a ‘short-run. However, later it was revealed that Jordan had gotten his bat inside the crease while taking the run.
It created an uproar on social media, though KL Rahul, the KXIP skipper, decided to take it into his stride, showing sportsman-spirit. In the meantime, Mohammad Kaif, the former Indian cricketer, also tweeted about the same.
In order to describe the series of events, he took a quote from the Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. He also credited Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis for putting their best foot forward.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “IPL is a battle of fine margins. Short run, missed no ball … Bade bade tournaments mein chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain. Credit to Rabada and Stoinis who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! #DCvKXIP.”
Here’s Kaif’s tweet
IPL is a battle of fine margins. Short run, missed no ball … Bade bade tournaments mein chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain. Credit to Rabada and Stoinis who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat!#DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/xARr6PFNZY
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 20, 2020
DC make a winning start
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, DC lost the early wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer and Shikhar Dhawan. But a couple of 30s from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, followed by a 21-ball 53 from Marcus Stoinis guided the Capitals to a competitive score of 157 on the board.
During the run-chase, the DC bowlers dominated everyone, barring Mayank Agarwal, who made a slow start, but pressed the accelerator in the hour of need. He scored 89 off 60 balls with seven fours and four sixes, keeping the Punjab-based franchise in the hunt. But his efforts went in vain as KXIP fell short.