The 19th over of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) chase against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the match no. 29 of Indian Premier League 2020 on Tuesday witnessed a controversial incident when umpire Paul Reiffel surprisingly decided against calling a delivery wide during a crucial juncture of the game.
In the penultimate over of the game, Shardul Thakur bowled a wide yorker and replay showed that the ball was outside the tramline, however, the umpire decided not to call it a wide especially after seeming to call one initially. Reiffel began to stretch his arms to signal a wide but then he withdrew himself from doing so after seeing an angry MS Dhoni protesting.
Here’s the video of the incident:
— ✨💫 (@Kourageous__) October 13, 2020
The replay later showed that it was indeed a wide delivery and should have been given.
Horrible umpiring from Paul Reiffel.
Got pressured by Dhoni to not give a wide.
This is not new. Umpire’s get bullied and pressurized by Dhoni all the time. It’s shocking that they don’t learn.
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) October 13, 2020
Meanwhile, SRH skipper David Warner, who was sitting in the dugout, was disappointed to see what transpired in the middle and even had his hands stretched questioning the way the decision was made.
As far as the match is concerned, desperate Chennai Super Kings dished out an all-round performance to earn a much-needed win as they stay afloat in the race for the IPL Play-offs with a 20-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Defending a modest 168-runs target, CSK restricted SRH to 147/8 in the allotted 20 overs.
With the win, MS Dhoni’s side climbed to sixth position and they now have six points from eight games.
Notably, SRH remained at fifth spot despite losing the game. They also have six points and a net run rate of + 0.009.