Umpire Nitin Menon signalled a one-run short against England all-rounder Chris Jordan in the 19th over as Kings XI Punjab chased Delhi’s 157-8 in Dubai on Sunday.
TV replays showed Jordan had in fact made his ground, however, and current ICC and IPL regulations prevented the officials from checking the decision with the third umpire.
Kings XI Punjab proceeded to lose two wickets from the final two balls of their innings as they too finished on 157-8.
In the subsequent super over, Kings XI lost their two wickets in two balls for just two runs – South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada doing the damage – before Delhi clinched a dramatic win.
Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon told PTI: ‘We have appealed to the match referee. While a human error can happen and we understand that, there is no room for human errors like these in a world-class tournament like the IPL.
‘This one could cost us a play-off berth. A loss of a game is a loss of a game. It is unfair. I hope the rules are reviewed so that there is no margin for human error.’
Kings XI made a superb start with the ball, reducing Delhi to 13-3 in the powerplay and then 96-6, with Mohammed Shami taking three wickets and Sheldon Cottrell taking two.
A brilliant and destructive 20-ball half-century from Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis saw Delhi score 30 from the final over, however, and post a competitive score of 157-8.
Mayank Agarwal appeared to be taking Kings XI to victory with a 60-ball 89 but both he and Jordan were dismissed in the final over with just one run required for victory.
Delhi Capitals dominated the super over to make a winning start to their 2020 IPL campaign and condemn Kings XI Punjab to a disappointing defeat.
Ricky Ponting’s Delhi reached the play-offs at last year’s Indian Premier League, while Kings XI Punjab finished sixth.
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