PAKvSA 2nd ODI – Quinton de Kock distracts Fakhar Zaman to run him out – What does the ICC rule state?

South Africa bounced back in the series after winning the second ODI match against Pakistan at Wanders Stadium in Jonesburg yesterday. The hosts, South Africa, beat Pakistan by a margin of 22 runs, and with this win, the three-match ODI series is leveled to one all.

The visitors were in for a sniff run chase of 342 runs to win the ODI series. Pakistan’s opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was an alone battler for his team. But even his fantastic knock of 193 runs wasn’t enough for them to cinch this second one-day international match.

Fakhar Zaman was controversially run out on 193 runs, if he would have stayed till the end, then Pakistan would have surely won, and Zaman would have scored a double hundred in the 50 overs format as well. Fakhar single-handedly took Pakistan to a win. But a run-out changed the course of a match.

They ran Fakhar Zaman out in the last over, and the replays showed that the wicket-keeper batsman of South Africa, Quinton de Kock, tricked the Pakistani opener that the throw was going to be in the non-striker’s end.

Quinton de Kock pointed the finger towards Lungi Ngidi. But Aiden Markram threw the ball. The throw was towards the keeper’s end, and it was a direct hit when he saw Zaman short of his ground. Fakhar was slow to take the second run so that he couldn’t make it to the crease.

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This run-out turned into a saga as it didn’t go well with the Pakistani supports and the fans. The fans and critics of the Pakistan Cricket Team said that it was Quinton de Kock who misled Fakhar Zaman to this run-out. De Kock made Zaman believe that the ball was at the non-striker’s end, so it ran the Pakistani opener out.   

The ICC rules and law 41.5.1 and 41.4 say that it is unfair for any fielder to attempt the distraction, by word and action, the fielder cannot be decisive the batsman by obstructing him/her after the fielders have collected the ball. 

Fakhar Zaman had scored the highest run while chasing this sniff target said that he doesn’t blame Quinton De Kock for his run out. He said it was his fault as he was busy looking at Haris Rauf at the other end. He started a little late from his crease, and that why he was in trouble. Now it is up to the match referee to decide.

Now the three-match series in the 50 over format has been squared to one all. They will play the series decider on 7th April 2021 at Centurion. Pakistan has a good chance to win this series as the five key players from South Africa will travel to India to play the IPL.

The Proteas will play the deciding ODI match without their regular stars. Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and David Miller.      

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