Pakistan lost the 2nd ODI to South Africa in Johannesburg on Sunday when its start batsman Fakhar Zaman was run out controversially. How Fakhar Zaman was out is a breach of fair play rule 41.
South Africa batted first and set a target of 342 runs for Pakistan that could make only 324 runs at 9 wickets when Fakhar Zaman was run out in the last over. At that time, Pakistan was only 31 runs short of winning the match.
How was Fakhar Zaman run out?
Fakhar Zaman was batting on 193 and it was the last over of the match. He was at the striker’s end to face the ball. He played the ball towards the off-side and ran for a single but asked the runner to come for a second. He started running towards the striker’s end when the Australian wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock distracted his attention by asking the fielder who took the ball to throw it to the non-striker’s end. Fakhar Zaman looked back in distraction when the fielder threw the ball at the striker’s end. The ball hit the stumps when Fakhar Zama was short of his ground.
What does international cricket rule 41 say about the fair game?
The rule deters players from distracting batsmen. And here Quinton de Kock distracted Fakhar Zaman by pretending that the ball would hit the non-striker’s end but in reality, he wanted the ball at the striker’s end.