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Kings XI Punjab lodge official appeal over controversial 'short run'
IPL 2020

Kings XI Punjab lodge official appeal over controversial 'short run'

Kings XI Punjab have made an official complaint with match referee Javagal Srinath against on-field umpire Nitin Menon regarding the controversial 'short run' during the Super Over thriller against Delhi Capitals.

The dramatic moment arrived in the third ball of the 19th over when square-leg umpire Menon made the erroneous call against Chris Jordan for a 'short run'.

Replays clearly showed Jordan's bat was grounded inside the crease before he turned to sprint for a double.

The one run which was not added to Kings XI Punjab's tally proved to be quite consequential as the match went into the Super Over.

Although technological evidence was available, the decision could not be reversed since the on-field umpire can only refer a dismissal or a boundary uncertainty to the TV official.

Kings XI could have made their way across the finishing line with three balls to spare had that one run been credited to their total.

However, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan failed to get them home as they perished off the final two deliveries courtesy of full-tosses from Marcus Stoinis.

The six-ball shootout proved to be a nightmare for the 2014 IPL runners-up as they could manage just two runs with KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada.

Delhi Capitals took only two legal deliveries to conclude proceedings and earn two points given their victory in a nerve-wracking contest.

Menon's contentious call sparked a wave of wrathful responses from the Kings XI fandom with several former cricketers also criticising the match officials for letting a faulty decision mar the enthralling encounter.

KXIP CEO Satish Menon harangued the umpire in question and bemoaned the lack of interventional from the third umpire.

"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 run could cost us a playoff berth," he told Press Trust of India [PTI].

It remains to be seen whether the governing body will make an instant change to the IPL playing conditions to compensate for any future similar occurrences. For now, it is unlikely that the franchise's appeal will have any retrospective impact on the outcome of the match.

"A loss of a game is a loss of a game. It is unfair. Hope the rules are reviewed so that there is no margin for human error," Menon said.