Johannesburg: It’s the talk of the cricketing world. Fakhar Zaman (193) was denied a potential double-century in a dramatic turn of events during the 2nd ODI between South Africa and Pakistan which the latter went on to lose in Johannesburg on Sunday.Also Read - Pakistan Cricket Board Working on Annual Three-Nation T20I Series
In chase of 325, Pakistan had all but lost the plot at 205/7 but their opening batsman Zaman was still battling. He completed a century and then shifted gears to push charge for what would have been an unlikely win considering the hole the tourists had dug themselves in. Also Read - Eoin Morgan: World Cup-Winning English Captain Announces Retirement From International Cricket
Zaman belted boundaries with alarming regularity leaving South Africa camp worried. The contest entered the final over with Pakistan needing 14 runs to win and Zaman still batting. However, off the very first delivery of the over, bowled by Lungi Ngidi, Zaman was run out while taking a second run ending his team’s hopes. Also Read - ICC AGM: PCB to Challenge IPL's Proposed Extended Window
Zaman was haring back to the striker’s end when wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock made a signal towards the bowler, apparently asking the fielder Aiden Markram to direct his throw from the deep towards the non-striker’s end.
Zaman ended up looking back and in turn, slowed down with Markram’s direct-hit finding him well short of the popping crease. De Kock signalled his hand towards Zaman in a cheeky ‘I got you there’ fashion.
Pakistan finishing with 324/9 with South Africa managing to draw level at one-all in the three-match series.
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What is fake fielding?
As per Law 41.5 for ‘fake fielding’, “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.” As per clause 41.5.2, “It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not.”
If a team is found guilty of fake fielding, the resulting dismissal is deemed null and void with the umpire calling the ball dead and awarding five runs to the batting side. The run (s) being taken during the process is also added to the batting team’s total.
Zaman’s innings though created record of being the highest in a chase.