Mumbai Indians, after opting to bat first, had a strong start against Lucknow Super Giants, reaching 98/2 in the first 10 overs, setting the stage for their explosive finishers. However, two wickets fell in the 11th over, bringing Tim David to the crease earlier than expected.
The Australian batsman had the opportunity to play a substantial innings, but controversy marred his stay at the crease during the 17th over. In the third ball of the 17th over, delivered by Yash Thakur, a high full toss cross-seam delivery tempted David to go for a slog.
Unfortunately, he failed to connect cleanly, resulting in Deepak Hooda taking a catch at long-on to dismiss the key wicket. However, David stood his ground, believing the ball was above waist height and should be called a no-ball.
To his disappointment, the third umpire, Chris Gaffaney, reviewed the footage and determined that the ball was marginally below David’s waist. As a result, Gaffaney advised the on-field umpires, Bruce Oxenford and Virender Sharma, not to overturn the decision.
David (13 off 13 balls) expressed his discontent with the decision and engaged in a brief conversation with Oxenford before making his way back to the pavilion. The controversy escalated when photos from a side angle indicated that the hawk-eye recreation might not have been entirely accurate. This led to a divided opinion among netizens, with some supporting the technology while others felt the decision was justified.