New Delhi: In a weird turn of events, the result of the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa was delayed by forty minutes, as the umpires called for lunch when the Men in Blue just needed 2 runs from 31 overs to win. To everyone's utter surprise the umpire's did not stay for another over, that would have certainly resulted in an Indian victory.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was batting on 44, along with opener Shikhar Dhawan (51) did express their amazement at the decision, but there was hardly anything they could do. Some former cricketers took to Twitter voicing their opinion on the delay.
Sehwag was at his hilarious best and said, Umpires treating Indian batsmen like PSU Bank treat customers. Lunch ke baad aana #INDvSA
Former India opener Aakash Chopra wrote," Are You Serious??? Taking lunch with India needing 2 runs to win. Cricket is its own enemy. 🙈🙊 #SAvIND."
Subramaniam Badrinath tweeted, "Isn’t there anything that could be done, for 2 runs, so much has to be done over again, this is where the Referee should interfere #SAvsIND #wasteoftime."
Isn’t there anything that could be done, for 2 runs, so much has to be done over again, this is where the Referee should interfere #SAvsIND #wasteoftime— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) February 4, 2018
IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings tweeted, "The lunch menu must be really good! #JustSaying #INDvSA #WhistlePodu #VictoryIsComing."
Earlier, the Indians had restricted the Proteas to a lowly 118 runs. Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/20) and Yuzvendra Chahal (5/22) wreck havoc on the opposition batsmen and did not give any time to settle on the crease. Some of the South African batsmen did get starts, but the Indians bowlers did not let the partnerships to flourish, and took wickets at regular intervals.
In the batting department too, the Indians imposed their authority and took the attack to South African bowlers. Shikhar Dhawan broight up his 24th ODI half-century during the course of the chase, and put India in a great position to take 2-0 lead.