In the 46th over, it appeared as though the game was practically decided when a Haris Rauf delivery, pitched wide off the crease, hit Tabraiz Shamsion the leg pads. Pakistan chose to challenge the on-field umpire’s not-out decision with a DRS appeal.
The ball-tracking technology indicated that the ball would have brushed the leg stump, but to Pakistan’s disappointment, Shamsi survived the DRS appeal due to the “Umpire’s call” rule. This sequence of events left the entire Pakistan team crestfallen.
“It’s an aspect of the game. This is umpire’s call so I believe it’s just a part of the game. If he had given it out, it would have been advantageous for us,” Babar said during the post-match presentation when asked about the DRS decision.
With Pakistan nearly out of the tournament, Babar seemed drained with the lost opportunity.
“I believe it’s disappointing everyone, we had the opportunity to win this match and remain in the tournament but we missed it. We will give our best in our next three matches and put forth our effort so let’s see where we stand after the three matches.”
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Babar blamed his batsmen for falling 20 runs short of what could have been a winning score on the Chepauk track.
“Very disappointing, we fought back well but we were 10-15 runs short. I believe the way fast bowlers bowled, they did well but unfortunately the result was not in our favor.”
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma didn’t sugarcoat his words while pointing out that they need to address the issue of losing close games and was pleased that they could win a tight contest.
“Pressure with us chasing, we haven’t done well to rectify that. It will be easier to have those conversations especially after the win. You need to have the guys in the best situations and truly speak out as to what they were thinking.
“Hard to say now but those conversations will happen. It is something we have spoken and something which has been discussed.
“We have a blueprint when we bat first, we can’t say with conviction we have that when we are cashing. We want to be a lot more precise with the bat.”
Giving an update on their premier bowler Kagiso Rabada, Bavuma said: “KG (Rabada) is good. It was more precautionary. He is experiencing lower back issues and a couple of days rest before New Zealand and he will be in contention.”
He also praised Tabraiz Shamsi, who was awarded the Player of the Match prize for his four wicket haul.
“Ecstatic for Shamsi. Started with the ball, came in when conditions were helpful and then with the bat.
“We have seen Shamsi boasting on social media about his batting. It won’t stop for the next two weeks but it’s nice for a senior guy like Shamsi to come out with the bat like that.”
(With PTI Inputs)
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