IPL 2020: Did Dhoni's stare make umpire Paul Reiffel revoke his wide decision?

First Published 14, Oct 2020, 11:55 AM

A controversy marred the 19th over of the Hyderabad innings. A bleak doubt of a wide ball popped up in Shardul Thakur's over that went in favor of CSK. Is MS Dhoni to be blamed for it?

<p style="text-align: justify;">First match of the second half of the Indian Premier League between the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday saw a wide ball controversy.&nbsp;</p>

First match of the second half of the Indian Premier League between the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday saw a wide ball controversy. 

<p style="text-align: justify;">With Rashid Khan on strike, SRH required 25 runs off 11 balls, and Shardul Thakur bowled a ball outside the tramlines, which umpire Paul Reiffel rightly called a wide.&nbsp;<br />
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With Rashid Khan on strike, SRH required 25 runs off 11 balls, and Shardul Thakur bowled a ball outside the tramlines, which umpire Paul Reiffel rightly called a wide. 
 

<p style="text-align: justify;">The very next ball was also similar but Reiffel stopped halfway and refrained from calling it a wide. That revision, it's widely speculated, came after MS Dhoni and Thakur's angry stare. Both said that the batsman had moved.&nbsp;</p>

The very next ball was also similar but Reiffel stopped halfway and refrained from calling it a wide. That revision, it's widely speculated, came after MS Dhoni and Thakur's angry stare. Both said that the batsman had moved. 

<p style="text-align: justify;">The decision infuriated SRH skipper David Warner in the dugout.&nbsp;</p>

The decision infuriated SRH skipper David Warner in the dugout. 

<p style="text-align: justify;">A clear wide call by the umpire could have just dropped the run rate from at 14.40 runs per over to 12.50.&nbsp;</p>

A clear wide call by the umpire could have just dropped the run rate from at 14.40 runs per over to 12.50. 

<p style="text-align: justify;">However, from constant replays, it could be made out that it was a clear wide. Nonetheless, Thakur completed his economical over and conceded only five runs and CSK was slightly closer to the victory.&nbsp;</p>

However, from constant replays, it could be made out that it was a clear wide. Nonetheless, Thakur completed his economical over and conceded only five runs and CSK was slightly closer to the victory. 

<p style="text-align: justify;">In the final over, Dwyane Bravo scalped a wicket and conceded only a run, handing CSK the much-needed win</p>

In the final over, Dwyane Bravo scalped a wicket and conceded only a run, handing CSK the much-needed win

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