Thursday, January 28, 2021

IPL 2019: Did Suresh Raina actually win the toss in the game against SRH?

The toss or the flip of the coin is one of the most vital factors in a cricket match. Unlike other sports, the toss plays a huge role in deciding the outcome of a cricket match as the winning captain gets to decide whether to bat or bowl assessing different variables such as pitch conditions and weather. The toss has played a really big part in the ongoing edition of the IPL as well with the dew coming in during the second half of the matches, making it difficult for the side bowling second to control the game due to the wetness of the ball.

The toss ahead of the 33rd match of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad witnessed a bizarre incident as CSK were awarded the toss even as the coin had not stopped spinning. It was Suresh Raina who made his way out out to the middle for the toss in absence of regular skipper MS Dhoni. Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson was also out there in the middle along with match presenter Ian Bishop, the match referee and the toss representative. It was Kane Williamson who flipped the coin.

Suresh Raina could be heard calling ‘heads’ before the match referee walked up to the coin which was spinning on the ground. The match referee seemed to rule the toss in favour of CSK even though the coin had not stopped spinning. Ian Bishop was heard repeating the call of the match referee loud and clear before inviting Suresh Raina for the chat. It pretty much remains a mystery as to whether the coin actually landed with heads on top or the match referee had actually ruled the outcome of the toss in favour of Suresh Raina and CSK.

Watch the video here:

Opting to bat first, CSK posted a modest 132/5 in their alloted quota of 20 overs on the back of Faf Du Plessis’s 45 upfront and Shane Watson’s 31. The target however was chased down by the hosts pretty comfortably by 6 wickets with more than 3 overs to spare. The hosts were off to a blistering start with David Warner’s 25 ball 50 before Jonny Bairstrow’s unbeaten 61 off 44 balls saw them make a mockery of the 132 run target set by CSK ruling out any advantage the visitors might have had after winning the toss.


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