Technology malfunctioned during the 'Pink ODI' between South Africa and England at The Wanderers, causing a bit of confusion.
The third ODI between South Africa and England at The Wanderers provided a bit of a bizarre period after technology failed to provide all the answers.
The two nations are contesting the deciding match in the three-match series, with the hosts leading 1-0 after the second match was rained out.
DRS confusion at The Wanderers
The Proteas were sent in to bat after England won the toss and elected to field, and the early moments of their innings did not go by without controversy.
With Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock at the crease, the latter did not pick up the wrong ‘un from Adil Rashid and was trapped in front after the umpire raised his finger.
Bavuma reviewed the decision, and replays showed that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps.
However, during the review, there was one important detail missing, and that was whether the ball had brushed the bat or a glove on its way to the pads.
Ultra-Edge could not be called upon in time, but Bavuma was eventually given his marching order.
Rassie van der Dussen was the next man in and, in the very next delivery, he too was trapped in front, with the umpire giving him the finger. This meant that South Africa had lost the only review they had in their innings.
However, on his way back to the pavilion, he was held back after the match officials requested a second look into the decision.
The Proteas batsman as given a reprieve when replays – with the help of ball-tracking – showed that the ball would have gone on to miss the stumps.
What the rules say about such a scenario
While the happenings in the middle may usher in a bit of controversy, the match officials operated within the rules, according to Article 3.6.8 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI playing conditions.
The article states that a review that had been deemed as unsuccessful can be reinstated by the match referee, if it was inconclusive due to a failure in technology, as was the case when Bavuma was given out.
International Cricket Council“Any such decision shall be final and shall be taken as soon as possible, being communicated to both teams once all the relevant facts have been ascertained by the ICC match referee. A player review categorized as ‘unsuccessful’ shall not be reinstated if, despite any technical failures, the correct decision could still have been made using the other available technology.”
South Africa set England a target of 257 to chase in their 50 overs. England won by 2 wickets with 258