Indian Premier League has been producing thrillers after thrillers in UAE as we approach towards its halfway mark. There have been plenty of talking points everyday amid all the razzmatazz between bat and ball.
During the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab yesterday, there was a controversy regarding an umpiring decision. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was playing his first match in the season and came out to bat at no 7 after the top order collapse. He was facing Khaleel Ahmed when a ball just passed near the outside edge of his bat. SRH players were confident and on-field umpires took it upstairs with a soft-signal of not out. TV umpire only checks for the clear catch and bump ball when there is a referral from on-field umpires. That part of the incident was clear and TV umpire had enough evidence to overturn the soft-signal.
Apparently, Mujeeb Ur Rahman received some signals from the dressing room regarding DRS. He had started walking and after that inputs from the fence, he went for the review. This time 3rd umpire had to check ultra-edge and it was evident that he clearly hit it from the outside edge of his bat. He was declared out after all that but stirred up a controversy none the less.
Time is running out for Kings XI Punjab as they faced their 5th defeat from 6 matches so far. There are at bottom of the table and in need of some serious inspiration. After giving away 201 against the dominating pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, KXIP batsmen were never really in the game after the early departures of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. Nicholas Pooran hit fastest fifty of the competition but couldn't find any support from the other end. KXIP were bowled out for just 132 in the 17th over.