Cricket is known for its traditions and the game has always been associated with its adherence to strictly go by the rule book. It was on view yet again during the second One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and India at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. India, chasing a victory target of 119 to go 2-0 up in the six-match series, were coasting at 117/1 in 19 overs when the umpires decided to take the lunch break!
Indian captain Virat Kohli could only laugh it off when South African umpire Adrian Holdstock and his Pakistani counterpart Aleem Dar decided to take the players off.
By the time the match resumed, most of the spectators had left the ground and the Indians scored the remaining runs to complete an emphatic win.
The cut-off for deciding an ODI is a minimum of 20 overs and in case the rest of the match was rained off, Kohli and Co. would have been robbed off a certain win as the Indians had completed only 19 overs at the break!
The decision was ridiculed by the spectators and the followers. The general feeling was that common sense should have prevailed and the umpires should have allowed an extra over so that the game should have been over much earlier.
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