Twitterati unhappy after umpiring howler in DC vs KXIP match

Twitterati unhappy after umpiring howler in DC vs KXIP match

KL Rahul, the KXIP skipper, didn't make fuss about the umpring error.

Short run
Short run. (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

It goes without saying that the second game of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) kept the fans at the edge of their seats. After loads of twists and turns the match went into the Super Over. In the end, it was Delhi Capitals (DC), who came out trumps and registered their maiden victory in the tournament. Mayank Agarwal played a lone hand for KXIP, scoring 89 off 60 balls.

His knock was laced with seven fours and four sixes. When KXIP needed one run off the last three balls, Agarwal got out to Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer took a sharp catch in the deep to send Agarwal packing. In the last ball, Chris Jordan also perished as the game went into the one-over eliminator. At one stage, DC were cruising, but Agarwal kept his team in the match.

Short-run controversy going against KXIP

Apart from some jaw-dropping action on the cricket field, the match was also marred with a mini-controversy. In the 18th over of KXIP’s run-chase, the on-field umpires gave Chris Jordan a ‘short-run’. However, in a picture, going viral on social media, Jordan’s bat can be seen, grounded. The decision turned out to be a decisive one in the context of the encounter.

Had the umpires not made the error, KXIP could well have won the match. In the last three overs, KXIP needed 42 runs with Agarwal in the middle. Mayank laid into Mohit Sharma after which he showed his class even against South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada. In the last over, Agarwal deposited Stoinis into the stands down the ground and also collected a four.

But his efforts weren’t enough for Punjab to evade the defeat. As far as the umpiring howler is concerned, KL Rahul, the KXIP skipper, took the decision in his stride, accepting that mistakes are part and parcel of the sport. Rahul’s gesture was revealed by journalist Boria Majumdar.

However, the netizens on the social media, especially the KXIP fans, aren’t happy by any stretch of the imagination. After the error in judgement from the umpire, Twitterati lashed out. Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan also tweeted about the same.

Here’s how the netizens reacted: –