The umpiring standards in the ongoing edition of the IPL have been a subject of raging debate among fans and cricketing experts. We came across quite a few incidents when umpiring looked quite ordinary on the field. There have been few teams, who gained the advantage of it while few teams are on the wrong side of things.
The ongoing match between the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderbad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad witnessed another umpiring controversy as the umpire refused to award the batting side a no ball for the second bouncer bowled in the over. The incident occurred on the fifth ball of the final over of the CSK innings bowled by Bhubaneshwar Kumar.
It was banged in short from Kumar, who managed to get it over the shoulder line and Jadeja went for the pull but failed to get any connection. The umpire gave it as one bouncer for the over but Jadeja argued that the umpire had already given ‘one- bouncer’ for the over on the previous delivery and insisted that the second bouncer of the over should have been called a no ball. The on-field umpire however stood by his decision and did not call it a no-ball.
Jadeja eventually ended with an uncharacteristic 20-ball 10 runs as CSK set SRH a paltry 133 to win.
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Jonny Bairstrow and David Warner once again got SRH off to a flier in the run chase, hitting boundaries for fun to bring up yet another half century stand. Warner continued to display his scintillating form, hitting 10 boundaries within the powerplay itself, including a hattrick against Imran Tahir to bring up his 45th half century in the IPL.
The partnership was eventually broken with Chahar getting Warner dismissed for 50 from 25 balls. The Sunrisers lost a couple of wickets in the middle order with Imran Tahir picking up two but the damage was already done by Warner and it was followed by another sumptuous half-century from Bairstow. Bairstrow finished off the match with a six as SRH chased down the target with 6 wickets and 19 balls to spare.