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Fakhar Zaman’s deceptive run out causes controversy

Cricket enthusiasts have strongly reacted to the deceptive run out of Pakistani cricketing hero Fakhar Zaman who made 193 in 155 balls, the highest runs in any ODI chase.

In the last over, Fakhar Zaman was chasing 31 runs and was only 7 runs short of a double century. He hit the ball on the off side and ran for a double.

Wicket Keeper De Kock’s gesture implied that the ball was being thrown for the non striker’s end, which is why Fakhar Zaman slowed down, however, this deceptive move resulted in the end in one of the greatest innings in cricketing history.

The law which deals with such instances is Law 41.5.1, which states: “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”.

If the umpire had penalised South Africa for the “deception”, Pakistan would have gotten an extra five runs in an addition to the two they would have completed.

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