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How a law changed before IPL 2021 helped Delhi Capitals win the Super Over

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad off the last ball in the Super Over in Sunday’s clash at Chepauk in Chennai.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had eight runs on the board in the Super Over as they walked back to the dugout, but soon enough it was reduced to seven after replays showed David Warner had run one short off the last ball of the Super Over.

The on-field umpires did not spot that Warner hadn’t ground his bat at the non-striker’s end before setting off for the second, but the third umpire did and intervened to reduce a run from the Sunrisers’ total.

Third umpire being allowed to check a short run is a new law change implemented for IPL 2021 alongside the change to remove the soft signal by the on-field umpire.

BCCI’s updated playing conditions for IPL 2021 mentions that the short run will be checked by the third umpire and the on-field umpire’s decision overturned if needed.

“Short-run: In the case of the short run, the third umpire checks the short run and can overturn the decision made by the on-field umpires.”

This change is the culmination of a huge debate that cropped up last season in rather similar circumstances. Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) were deprived of a run in a game against Delhi Capitals. In the 19th over of the run chase, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan ran a couple, but the on-field umpire called a short run at the non-striker’s end stating that Jordan had not grounded his bat behind the line. However, replays showed Jordan’s bat was behind the line.

The match turned into a tie and Punjab went on to lose prompting the management to file an official complaint.

Here, Delhi were once again the beneficiaries as the law change allowed the third umpire to check replays and intervene.

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