IPL 2020 Eliminator SRH vs RCB: The Indian Premier League 2020 Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore witnessed a controversial decision when SRH skipper was given caught-behind during the team’s chase.
In the sixth over of the SRH’s innings, Mohammad Siraj bowled a good-length delivery which seamed in big time, following Warner’s backing away and cut him in half.
Also, there was a sound as the ball goes through Warner’s bat and body due to which RCB appealed with full enthusiasm. However, the on-field umpire looked disinterested because of which Virat Kohli, who was convinced that it’s out, took a review and this where the real drama started.
The DRS caught a sound as the ball went through the batsman’s bat and body, specifically under the glove and over the thigh pad and it looked like that ball brushed Warner’s clothes. However, after viewing the replay several times, third umpire decided that there was enough contact with the opener’s glove and decided it was an out.
The decision left cricket pundits in shock and one of the commentators even said ‘ he (umpire) got it wrong’ as there wasn’t a conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision and moreover the benefit of the doubt should have been given to the batsman.
Meanwhile, Twitterati was also furious with the umpire’s decision and this is how they reacted:
Incredible decision from the 3rd umpire. David Warner every reason to blow up. Original decision not out and never conclusive evidence to overturn
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) November 6, 2020
That’s a very very fraught decision to give Warner. If there was that much doubt it had to go to the batsman. And that spike could have also been from the ball hitting the batsman’s clothes. Shocker!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 6, 2020
David Warner – Out
Any other batsman – too close to call, stick with on field decision of Not Out https://t.co/oBb9dZKACd
— Gareth Isaac (@GarethIsaac) November 6, 2020
David Warner wasn’t out!
There was no conclusive evidence of David Warner being out.. The on-field umpire gave not out as well
This is just ridiculous!#RCBvSRH#Eliminator#IPL2020@davidwarner31
— Aditya Srivastav (@imaditya_s) November 6, 2020
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Umpire got it wrong as there have been some umpiring howlers witnessed earlier in the IPL 2020.
From Nitin Menon calling it a short-run in DC vs KXIP to Paul Reiffel changing his ‘wide’ decision after seeing furious MS Dhoni, the tournament has been full of controversial decisions.