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India vs SA 2nd ODI: ICC left red faced over 'archaic' playing rules

The umpires order 40-minute lunch break before India could complete a comprehensive win to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series

Press Trust of India  |  Centurion 

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India's captain Virat Kohli, left, with teammate Shikhar Dhawan run between the wickets during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and India at Centurion Park. Photo credit: PTI

The on Sunday came in for sharp criticism for its bizarre rules on playing conditions after the play was stopped for lunch with needing just two runs to win the second ODI against here today. Both the on-field umpires -- veteran Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock and match referee Andy Pycroft was criticised by TV commentators and pundits, who termed their decision to call for lunch as per ICC's 'rigid' playing condition rules with needing just two runs to win as 'farce'. Opting to field, bowled out for a meager 118 and they were comfortably placed at 117 for one in 18 overs when the umpires called for lunch as per rules. The decision did not go down well with all and sundry because the umpires had already extended pre-lunch play by three overs.

At the scheduled time of break, were 93 for one after 15 overs. But to the astonishment of players, spectators and commentators, the umpires stuck to the letter of the regulations, ordering a 40-minute lunch break before could complete a comprehensive win to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. West Indian great Micheal Holding termed the decision as "ridiculous". "They (ICC) want to make the game attractive but this was a ridiculous decision," Holding said while commentating. In fact, neither of the team looked happy with the decision with skipper Virat Kohli, who was batting along side Shikhar Dhawan at that time, even taking up the matter with the on-field umpires but to no avail. Former batsman took to twitter to mock the umpires' decision. "Umpires treating Indian batsmen like PSU Bank treat customers. Lunch ke baad aana," Sehwag tweeted on a lighter note.

First Published: Sun, February 04 2018. 22:09 IST
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