Twitterati react after umpire Paul Reiffel backs out from giving a wide against SRH

The incident took place at the fag end of SRH’s run-chase.

MS Dhoni-Umpire
MS Dhoni-Umpire. (Photo Source: Disney + Hotstar VIP)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), captained by MS Dhoni, would have breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday, October 13. The Yellow Army managed to beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 20 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to register their third win of the tournament out of their eighth match. The triumph got the Super Kings up to the sixth position in the points table.

Batting first, CSK racked up 167 runs for the loss of six wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Shane Watson, not opening for the first time in this IPL, and Ambati Rayudu scored in the 40s and guided their team. Sam Curran, who was promoted as an opener, didn’t flatter to deceive by any stretch of the imagination. The left-hander scored 31 off 21 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Skipper Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja also played a couple of cameos in the end to propel the yellow brigade’s score. For SRH, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, and T Natarajan picked up two wickets each. Interestingly, Rashid Khan, their premier leg-spinner, didn’t get a wicket, giving 30 runs.

In the run-chase, CSK were clinical, to say the least. Barring Kane Williamson, who scored 57 runs off 39 balls with seven fours, none of the SRH batsmen looked threatening. A number of batters got starts, but couldn’t carry on. In the end, the Orange Army finished on 147 for the loss of eight wickets.

Controversy against Paul Reiffel

Apart from the jaw-dropping brand of cricket, the game has also a bit of a controversy at the fag end of SRH’s run-chase. When the Sunrisers needed 25 runs off 11 balls, fast bowler Shardul Thakur bowled a wide yorker to Rashid, who failed to make a connection. Umpire Paul Reiffel was about to stretch his arms to signal a ‘wide’, but in the end, the veteran backed out.

When Reiffel was about to give the ‘wide’, CSK skipper MS Dhoni and Thakur seemed a tad unhappy. After the umpire backed out from signalling the ‘wide’, David Warner, from the dug-out, wasn’t a happy man by any means. In the meantime, the users on Twitter also had their say on the matter.

Here’s how the netizens reacted:  

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