Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the first Super Over of Dream11 IPL 2020 on Sunday. Australia’s Marcus Stoinis starred with both bat and ball to assist his side to victory.
For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal nearly pulled it off by his 60 balls 89, but Stoinis became the difference with his brilliant last over where he defended 13 runs. Stoinis forced the game into the Super Over by dismissing Agarwal and Jordan off the last two deliveries as Punjab finished the game on a tied score of 157.
However, a flash of controversy in the 19th over of Punjab’s run-chase has now evoked questions whether the match should have gone into the Super Overs in the least. It all happened when the third ball of Kagiso Rabada’s over, a full-toss outside off, was sliced away towards the cover point region by Agarwal for a fast couple of runs. But on-field leg umpire Nitin Menon deemed it as one, on the idea that the first run will not be counted because of a short run. Replays showed otherwise and indicated that the decision was a dubious one. This didn’t go unnoticed by fans, experts and former cricketers who spoke about the umpiring error.
“I do not accept the man of the match award choice. Nitin, the umpire who gave this short run is my man of the match. Short Run nahi tha. This made the difference”, former India opener and former Delhi captain Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter.
Replays do reveal that this was an obvious umpiring error at the climax of the game in the 18th over. Pictures and footage shows the batsman had clearly crossed the crease and touched the ground with his bat, but the umpire gave it a run short and that probably cost KXIPP their game.