We are well into the first doubleheader weekend of the IPL in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi. Royal Challengers Bangalore are taking on Rajasthan Royals in the afternoon game. Fans have already something to talk about as there was a controversial umpiring decision very early in the match.
After the early blows in the form of Jos Buttler and Steve Smith, RR hopes were pinned upon Sanju Samson to get them to a challenging total. But when Yuzvendra Chahal came on for his first over, Sanju Samson tried to drive the first ball which was very full. And Sanju Samson ended up hitting the ball from the inside edge of the bat. The ball ballooned up in the air towards the bowler where Yuzvendra Chahal took a diving catch.
Umpire indicated out as the soft signal but there was enough doubt in the catch when the third umpire checked it on the replays. He gave it out in the absence of any conclusive evidence in the end. But this incident has again raised the eyebrows on the ‘soft-signal' rule.
Twitter Reacts to this Decision
As soon as the decision was given, cricket fans and experts took to Twitter to post their reactions. Here are some of the best ones from the platform:
Batting first after winning the toss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jos Buttler and Steve Smith began the proceedings in a confident way. Both took the score to 27 in just 2.3 overs and RR looked all set to post a big one. But Steve Smith played on an Isuru Udana delivery to the stumps and Jos Buttler handed a catch to slips in the next over. They were further reduced to 31 for 3 when Sanju Samson was given out controversially. Rajasthan Royals will be banking on their lower middle order to take them to a respectable total after the top order failure.