Chennai Super Kings had their worst outing of the IPL 2022 against Mumbai Indians. They lost two early wickets in the form of opener Conway and Moeen Ali in the first over. And following that, there was no room for a comeback left by MI bowlers. They picked up wickets at regular intervals to deny Chennai any chance of redemption.
While there were many talking points from the first inning, one thing, in particular, stood out on its own.
It was the dismissal of Devon Conway, the first wicket of the game, that had everyone puzzled. The opener from New Zealand was given out on his first ball of the game. It was an angling-in delivery by Daniel Sams that pitched in line but looked tricky on impact.
The DRS issue in Conway’s dismissal
However, Devon Conway was given out, and the Kiwi wasn’t allowed to refer to the decision. Later it was understood that the Wankhede stadium was under a severe power outage. As a result of this, the DRS facility wasn’t available at that moment.
Neither Mumbai Cricket Association nor BCCI refused to take the blame for the same. Both the organizations tried to push it on to the other. It was only later that PTI reported a short circuit that had impacted the DRS system.
The news agency further quoted an official saying, “DRS system had to be reset after normalcy was restored and became available after the first ten balls.”
Earlier, the toss was also delayed due to the same reason. One of the floodlights was said to be influenced by the outage.
Coming back to the decision of Devon Conway, it can be seen as a crucial point. Considering the angle, there were high chances that the ball might have missed the stumps. Even the commentators, including former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, called the umpire’s decision poor.
Thus far, Convey was enjoying a great resurrection in the tournament. He was coming off from a great spell of runs in the past three games. He had scored 85*, 56, and 87 in the last three innings and might have made the difference today itself.
Chennai’s mortifying loss
Conway was not the only batter who had to suffer the wrath of a power outage. Robin Uthappa, who came in at number 4, also wanted to review his decision.
The problem, however, was fixed by the end of the second over. But the damage perhaps was done to the Chennai Super Kings batting lineup.
The Yellow army failed to cope with the early loss of wickets and succumbed to a low score of 96.