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Netizens Divided Over Simon Harmer Taking The Catch Of Marnus Labuschagne
By CricShots - Jan 4, 2023 11:24 am
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Australia and South Africa are locking horns with each other in the final game of the three-match Test series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There were numerous incidents where batters managed to survive a dismissal due to the technology and the third umpires by the barest of margins. Such an incident occurred on Wednesday when Manus Labuschagne, despite being given out by the on-field umpire after a catch by Simon Harmer, got his decision overturned by TV umpire Richard Kettleborough.

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Simon Harmer took the catch of Marnus Labuschagne

Dean Elgar’s South Africa has already conceded the series by losing back-to-back contests in a humiliating manner. On Day 1 of the third and final Test in Sydney, the visitors failed to make a comeback in the game as the hosts rode on Marnus Labuschagne’s unbeaten 73 and Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten 51, reached 138/1 after 43 overs until bad light stopped play during the second session.

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However, South Africa felt they had Labuschagne caught at first slip by Simon Harmer, only for the decision to be overturned later on. The incident happened during the 40th over of Australia’s innings when Labuschagne, batting on 70, tried to drive Marco Jansen’s fullish outside off-stump delivery but he only managed to find a thick outside edge.

The ball went to the left of Simon Harmer, who reached down and plucked it close to the ground. Each and every South African cricketer leaped in joy assuming they got a crucial wicket, and when they saw the on-field umpires were discussing whether it was a clean catch, some of them, including wicket-keeper Kyle Verreynne, signaled towards them it was a clean catch. The on-field umpire Paul Reiffel convinced, and gave the soft signal as out before sending it upstairs.

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However, TV umpire Richard Kettleborough decided to overturn the decision. He checked several angles and zoomed in to check whether Harmer’s fingers were under the ball or not. A few minutes later, a side angle suggested the ball might touch the ground. A loud cheer came from the Sydney crowd when he said on air, “the ball may be on the floor.” After that, he told Reiffel to change the decision, which predictably South African cricketers did not like as there was little conclusive evidence to overturn it.

Here is the video of the catch from Simon Harmer: