Its only the 2nd day of the 13th edition of the mega carnival in Indian Premier League and it has given the glimpse of what is in store for the remainder of the tournament. The umpiring standards were poor in the last year as some even considered that it has hit an all time low but in the very second game of this edition, the umpiring standards have been put under the scanner once again.
The game was evenly poised at the end of 38 over mark as Mayank Agarwal, the opener from Kings XI Punjab was been battling hard to take his team home. Punjab needed 25 from 2 overs and in the 3rd ball of the 2nd last over of the innings bowled by the South African quick Kagiso Rabada, Mayank Agarwal sliced one towards the extra cover region and ran 2 runs for it but the umpire adjudged one short by Chris Jordan at the striker's end.
Although replays suggested that Chris Jordan placed his bat well inside the crease, the decision wasn’t overruled by the on-field umpire. As a matter of fact, even the third umpire couldn’t do much as there is no such power for the 3rd umpire to overrule the on-field decision of the umpire.
This went viral and several experts and former cricketers voiced their opinion over this issue.
Kings XI Punjab were in commanding position till the first 19 overs of the game but Marcus Stoinis unleashed himself as Chris Jordan served him pies. In the end, Marcus Stoinis accumulated 30 runs from the final over to post a respectable total for Delhi Capitals to defend.
Kings XI began their chase in a steady manner before Ravichandran Ashwin making early inroads as he dismissed Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran in the 6th over of the game. From thereon, it was a one man show as Mayank Agarwal played an excellent innings of 89 runs from 60 balls only to give it away in the end.
Delhi Capitals pulled the game back from nowhere when Marcus Stoinis defended 1 run from 3 balls to take the match into the super over and in the end, Delhi Capitals won in the super over.