A bizarre incident took place in the ongoing Test between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in Dubai as the former were penalised by the umpires for deliberately conceding a boundary to keep Zimbabwe’s tailender on strike.
The unusual incident happened on Day 3 of the Test on Friday, when Zimbabwe were on 281 for 8 with middle-order batsman Sikandar Raza (79*) holding one end. Along with Raza was Blessing Muzarabani, who Afghanistan wanted to have on strike.
On the last delivery of 91st over bowled by Sayed Shirzad, Raza guided the wide yorker towards the cover region for a boundary. However, the ball stopped inches short of the ropes, and that’s when fielder Hashmatullah Shahidi did something unusual. While stopping the ball, he put one of his feet over the boundary rope.
The on-field umpires, Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Aleem Dar after having a chat, cited the Law 19.8, which deals with “Overthrow or wilful act of fielder” about this incident and decided to award five runs to Zimbabwe. Moreover, they allowed Sikandar Raza to keep the strike in the next over.
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“If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side and the allowance for the boundary the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act,” Law 19.8 states.
However, Zimbabwe could only manage 287 in response to Afghanistan first-innings total of 545/4 and were asked to follow-on. Zimbabwe are currently batting at 266/7, with skipper Sean Williams and Donald Tiripano present at the crease. Williams is playing at 106 from 190, while Tripano on 63 off 164 deliveries.