IPL 2020: Rahul Tewatia played a superb inning to help the Rajasthan Royals achieve the target of 159 against Sunrisers Hyderabad from nowhere. He played an unbeaten inning of 42 runs. He along with Riyan Parag’s 42* runs innings pulled the Rajasthan Royals from trouble when they were 78/5 at one stage. However, luck was on both of their sides. Parag was dropped in the 16th over.
Tewatia also escaped a hilarious position which attracted attention after the match. In the 18th over of the innings, Rashid Khan was bowling. He had already given away 13 runs of his first fours ball. He bowled an incredible fifth delivery. Tewatia attempted the cut shot only to under edge it. The ball struck Jonny Bairstow’s pads and ricocheted on to the stumps. (IPL 2020)
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Tewatia also stepped out of the crease when the ball hit the stumps, as he had no idea of where the ball was. However, even after the ball hit the stumps, the bails did not fall. Only the zing bails lit up. Tewatia would have been given out if the bells were dislodged. This proved to be the turning point of the match, as Tewatia went on to become the Man Of The Match and guide the Royals to victory.
IPL 2020: The debate about the zing bail continues.
Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra was displeased with the decision, as he felt that the stumps should be considered broken if the zing bails light up. The batsman then needs to be given out. However, according to the rules, the law 29.1.1 states “The wicket is put down if a bail is completely removed from the top of the stumps, or a stump is struck out of the ground.”
The zing bails even created controversy in the IPL last year. On many instances, thy did not fall even after the ball hit the stumps with some force. So, this is a debating point. Now, it remains to be seen if the ICC does make a change in this rule, as the use of the zing bail is to make decision making easy. (IPL 2020)