Fakhar Zaman was at the peak of his powers in the second ODI against South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Chasing 342 against the home team, the visitors found themselves in all sorts of trouble. In the 11th over, Anrich Nortje got the wickets of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan after which Pakistan went behind the 8-ball. However, Fakhar wasn’t ready to drop the gun.
Despite seeing wickets falling at the other end, the southpaw didn’t show any signs of nervousness whatsoever. Moreover, he didn’t get much support from his partners. Babar, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf got into the double digits, but none could go on and convert. When Pakistan were reduced to 205 for seven in the 38th over, Fakhar was batting well-set on 97 runs.
Fakhar Zaman plays a masterful knock
He batted with precision along with the tail and made sure that Pakistan were never out of contention. His presence in the middle also ensured that the Proteas were on their toes. In the end, Fakhar managed 193 runs off 155 balls and his knock was laced with 18 fours and 10 sixes. He was present in the middle until the last over of the run-chase when his team needed 31 runs.
He was trying to retain the strike when he got run out. He hit the ball off Lungi Ngidi down the ground and set off for a couple of runs. But a stupendous throw from Aiden Markram made sure that Fakhar fell way short of his crease. However, Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper, also played his part in the run-out.
De Kock was successful in distracting Fakhar, who fell prey to the trick. When Fakhar was about to complete the second run, De Kock pointed his fingers to the other side, making Fakhar lose his focus. Though Pakistan lost the game by 17 runs, Fakhar collected accolades from the cricket fraternity.
Here’s the video of the dismissal:
De Kock 😹😹 Pro Version Of Sanga.
Well Played Fakhar Zaman. pic.twitter.com/CwPOIpalRI
— Ravi Mishra (@G33kBoyRavi) April 4, 2021
— Harris (@Harris_Says) April 4, 2021
In the meantime, Twitterati is not happy with De Kock’s antics. The dismissal was reminiscent of former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s tactics against Ahmed Shehzad, though the batter didn’t get out and had to dive in to save his wicket.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to Fakhar Zaman’s wicket:
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 4, 2021
Quinton de Kock was cheeky with that Fakhar Zaman run out. But it is interesting that the umps didn't see it as a fake fielding. It will be an interesting debate.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) April 4, 2021
Elite Shithousery from Quinton de Kock
— Cricket Shithousery (@CricketRustling) April 4, 2021
The smile deceivers have on their faces is so evil. Karma will take good care of Quinton de Kock. The #FakharZaman's batting today would be written in golden words in history! pic.twitter.com/NWDSC5wiLA
— Wajahat Kazmi 🇵🇰 (@KazmiWajahat) April 4, 2021
No Quinton de Kock, you cannot be proud of that. Not at all.
— مدبّر (@MudabirHassan) April 4, 2021
Quinton de Kock ne aaj sari respect tabah kardi. This was so not needed!
— Virk Shahzaib (@VirkSh786) April 4, 2021
From Phehlukwayo shouting at Faheem "Man this isn't Karachi" to Quinton De Kock "Fake fielding gesture" to fakhar zaman…
— Pakora (@Khadija_hon) April 4, 2021
— Idrees Harry (@idrees_harry) April 4, 2021
Unfair play and disrespect play from @QuinnyDeKock69 .. poor spirit from Quinton de kock. Disrespect 👎👎… 5 runs penalty not given when bowl hit Buyuma's hat and then this act is absolutely against the rules. Pak management need to protest on this pic.twitter.com/PK3nAgyxB9
— Hassaan Rasool Dogar (@DogarHassaan) April 4, 2021
It's unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after striker's received the ball. If umpires deem an attempt to deceive has taken place, they inform captains & award 5 penalty runs to batting side pic.twitter.com/9ajhMso93n
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 4, 2021
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