IPL this season has been pretty good as far as umpiring decisions are concerned. The umpires have always been under the scanner in the history of the league. During the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings, there was a moment when the umpires created confusion in the middle.
The incident took place in the 14th over during CSK’s chase. Faf du Plessis was facing Riley Meredith. The Australian pacer had bowled a bouncer earlier in the over. He again delivered it short on the fifth ball. Faf attempted a pull short but missed it by a whisker. The fielding team went up in an appeal.
There was no noise that the camera picked up. Anil Chaudhary, the umpire at the striker end, began to walk towards the leg umpire. After a discussion, he referred it to the third umpire to check the no-ball. Had the ball been above the shoulder for the second time in the over, it would have been a no-ball.
The third umpire checked the visuals and deemed the ball to be legal. To add to the confusion, he instructed the on-field umpire to signal out. Anil Chaudhary, with a puzzled look, raised his finger. It was unclear at that moment whether he had referred it because he was sure of the batsman edging it.
Looking at the signal, Faf immediately asked for a review. The third umpire was in play again. This time, the ultra edge showed no spikes when the ball went past the bat and glove. Ultimately, the decision had to be reversed and the South African batsman survived. In the end, Faf scored an unbeaten 36 and guided his team to the first victory this season.