Paul Reiffel: The Australian umpire came under the scanner for not calling a wide after initially looking to call one in Dubai.
During the 29th match of the ongoing 13th season of the Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai, Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs to register their third IPL victory this season.
Chasing a 168-run target, Sunrisers got off to a mediocre start on the back of scoring 40/2 in the powerplay which included losing captain David Warner (9) and batsman Manish Pandey (4) in the fourth over.
It was overseas batsman Kane Williamson’s 13th IPL half-century which kept Hyderabad in the match as the New Zealand captain batted with immense maturity to be in sync with the situation. However, an ever-increasing required run rate appeared to ask too much out of the right-hand batsman.
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Eventually, Williamson scoring 57 (39) with the help of seven fours wasn’t enough for his team as the opposition bowlers’ disciplined effort restricted Sunrisers to 147/8 in 20 overs.
As far as the Super Kings bowlers are concerned, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and spinner Karn Sharma were the pick of them on the back of dismissing two opposition batsmen each.
On the second delivery of the penultimate over in a crunch situation, umpire Paul Reiffel came under the scanner after he didn’t call a wide delivery especially after seeming to call one initially. Just as he was about to make the signal, the Australian umpire had received an angry reaction from Dhoni.
Twitter reactions on Paul Reiffel:
No point blaming just Indian umpires if Paul Reiffel, an elite panel ump, a former world cup winner with 127 international caps changes his mind when he sees Dhoni is pissed. Weak umpiring. #CSKvSRH #IPL2020
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) October 13, 2020
Paul Reiffel doing a Peter Crouch robot dance there #IPL2020
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) October 13, 2020
“When Dhoni is behind the stumps, the pressure is not on the batsman, it’s on the umpire” 😂😂😂#CSKvSRH
— Manya (@CSKian716) October 13, 2020
So, Paul Reiffel is a Dhoni fan too. #CSKvsSRH
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 13, 2020
Umpire Was all set to give WIDE
— Gaurav (@GauravK_8609) October 13, 2020
Horrible umpiring from Paul Reiffel.
Got pressured by Dhoni to not give a wide.
This is not new. Umpire’s get bullied and pressurized by Dhoni all the time. It’s shocking that they don’t learn.
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) October 13, 2020
Paul Rafiel was about to give a wide, but Shardul Thakur and MS Dhoni raised their arms and umpire changed his decision.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 13, 2020
Storm the pitch when umpire does something wrong. Stare at the umpire angrily when he is about to do something right.
— The Joker 🃏 (@Joker122018) October 13, 2020
2019 – MS Dhoni walking out to argue with the umpires.
2020 – MS Dhoni giving in a stare and the umpire drops his hands.
Thala and umpires – you can write a book about it. https://t.co/tbgrVOFw5e
— Siddarth Srinivas (@sidhuwrites) October 13, 2020
Jokes aside, how can that happen???
Umpire literally had his hands in the fkn air already, but was intimidated? How?
— Sabeeha’s cricket blog 🏏 (@SabeehaMajid) October 13, 2020
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