Kings XI Punjab lodges appeal against ‘short run’ call, owner Preity Zinta lashes out on Twitter


Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were at the receiving end of an umpiring error which cost them the match in their IPL opener against the Delhi Capitals on Sunday.

The franchise have now lodged an appeal with the match referee Javagal Srinath against the wrong call made by umpire Nitin Menon.

Punjab suffered a disappoint defeat in their IPL opener on Sunday.

“We have appealed to the match referee. There is no room for human error in a world-class tournament like the IPL. This one run could even cost us a playoff berth. Hope the rules are reviewed after this unfair call,KXIP CEO Satish Menon said.

Before the match went into Super Over, the TV footage showed that square leg umpire Menon had wrongly called Chris Jordan for a ”short-run” in the third ball of the 19th over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

However, the appeal is unlikely to yield any result since rule 2.12 (Umpire’s decision) in the IPL rule book on playing conditions says that: “An umpire may alter any decision provided that such alteration is made promptly. This apart, an umpire”s decision, once made, is final.”

The TV replays showed that Jordan’s bat was inside the crease when he completed the first run, starting from the non-striker’s end.

The incident took place in the 19th over of Kings XI Punjab‘s chase when Agarwal played a shot and took two runs. However, on-field umpire Menon deemed it as a single. Both DC and KXIP scored 157 runs in the allotted 20 overs but Delhi Capitals won the match in the Super Over after a brilliant display by Kagiso Rabada.

The decision was not reversed despite technological evidence that it was a wrong call.

Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta said that rules need to be changed for the sake of fair result.

“I’ve always believed in being graceful in a win or loss and in the spirit of the game but it’s also important to ask for policy changes that improve the game in the future for everyone. The past has happened and it’s imp (important) to move on. So Looking ahead & being positive as always “

In the final over, Punjab needed 13 runs to win and Agarwal managed 12 runs in the first three balls.

If that one ‘short-run’ was credited to their total, Punjab would have won with three balls to spare but they lost two wickets in the final two balls after a dot fourth ball and it went into a Super Over, which they lost.

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