India vs South Africa: Lunch break leaves ICC red faced
ICC on Sunday got here in for sharp criticism after match officers and umpires referred to as for the second ODI between India and South Africa to be halted although the previous wanted simply two runs to win. Virat Kohli-led India have been cruising to victory and with the skipper and Shikhar Dhawan within the center, wanted simply two runs to chase down the small 119-run goal.
Both the on-field umpires – Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock – and match referee Andy Pycroft have been criticised by TV commentators and pundits alike, who termed their resolution to name for lunch as per ICC’s ‘rigid’ enjoying situation guidelines as ‘farce’.
India had received the toss and chosen to discipline first in Centurion. With Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav inflicting all types of bother with their wrist spin, South Africa have been bundled out for 118 – earlier than the cutoff time for a mid-innings break. India got here again to bat and have been in cruise management via Kohli and Dhawan. With India close to the successful line, the session was prolonged to make sure the sport was over earlier than the break. At the scheduled time of break, India have been 93 for one after 15 overs.
After 18 overs, India had reached 117/1 when the umpires referred to as for lunch. The resolution left everybody shocked – together with Kohli – who appeared shockingly on the umpires earlier than begrudgingly heading for the break. The duo reemerged 40 minutes later and after 9 balls accomplished the great win.
“They (ICC) want to make the game attractive but this was a ridiculous decision,” mentioned West Indies legend Michael Holding mentioned whereas commentating.