Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took an immature DRS call for the dismissal of David Warner during the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Australia at Taunton on Wednesday. The Aussies started the game on a high as their openers, Aaron Finch and David Warner added as many as 146 runs for the opening wicket in just 22.1 overs before the Aussie skipper getting out in the 23rd over of Mohammad Amir.
Finch scored as many as 82 runs before getting perished on the slow delivery of Amir. The latter was given another chance to dismiss the second opener and he almost managed to fulfill the job with a fuller length delivery which straightened by just a fraction to rap Warner on the pads. There was a loud shout for LBW from the bowler and the close in fielders but the umpire was convinced that it was not out.
After umpire’s decision, there was a small discussion between the Pakistani players with their skipper Sarfraz who was behind the stumps. He wasn’t convinced that it was out and looking unsure of taking the DRS, but Amir was convinced that he had got his man. Eventually, Sarfraz listened to his bowler and opted for a DRS quite reluctantly after rejecting Amir’s appeal to challenge the umpire’s decision twice.
However, in the replays, it was clearly visible that the impact between the ball and the pad was way outside the off-stump and the umpire’s decision stood.
Here is the video of the DRS:
Despite having a good start, Australia was bundled out for 307 runs and failed to play the full 50 overs. For Pakistan, Amir went on to take a 5-wicket hall.