Dhoni’s dramatic run out causes stir on Twitter, CSK fans fume
HYDERABAD, Sunday - Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by a solitary run to clinch a record fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Sunday night. But the MI vs CSK IPL 2019 final was not short of some controversial moments -- the biggest being MS Dhoni’s game-changing run out.
The CSK skipper came into bat with Shane Watson going great guns at the other end but steadily running out of partners. The need of the hour for CSK was what Dhoni does best -- bat patiently and chase the total down one run at a time.
Dhoni made his usual slow start to the innings but after scoring just 2 runs, his stay at the crease was brought to a premature end courtesy a rocket throw from Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan.
However, what followed next was the nerviest few minutes for both sets of fans. As the on-field umpire signalled for the third umpire, replays started playing on TV screens. Nigel Llong, the third umpire, must have immediately known he had a task on his hands and further viewing of replays from different angles only served to increase the confusion.
While commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, based on one angle, vehemently called for Dhoni to be given out, other commentators were not so sure and thought the benefit of the doubt and the inconclusive nature of the replays would see the third umpire rule in the batsman’s favour.
But it wasn’t to be for Chennai and their fans as Dhoni was given out as Mumbai Indians sniffed a way back into the game.
After the match many CSK fans took to Twitter to vent their anger at the third umpire’s decision even as some defended the dismissal.