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Faf du Plessis claims that the umpire didn’t hear him calling out for DRS

South Africa beat Australia in the third ODI and won the series 2-1.

Faf du Plessis of South Africa
Faf du Plessis of South Africa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

South Africa sunk Australia after looking down and out in their first innings having lost three wickets for just 55 runs. From there on, it was about Faf du Plessis-David Miller as the duo batted the hosts out of the game with their 252 runs stand for the fourth wicket and took the team total to 320.

One of the many game-changing moments was how David Miller opted for the Decision Review System (DRS) after being declared out by umpire Aleem Dar on 41. The players are granted only 15 seconds to decide whether or not to go ahead with the DRS, however, Miller took 18 seconds in consultation with his skipper which has sparked a lot of debate.

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However, the centurion from the Australian camp Shaun Marsh has made it clear that the matter was not controversial. He also applauded the two batsmen, saying that they batted extremely well and snatched the game away from them. Marsh talking to the reporters said: “It was a big moment in the game but it wasn’t out. I thought they batted extremely well.”

South African skipper Faf du Plessis said, “Dave asked me what reckon. ‘I said I think it’s pretty close’, but let’s have a look. I turned around to the umpire and said we’ll refer that. I don’t think he heard me. Dave said about five seconds later. ‘We’ll refer that’. ‘He (umpire) was like your time’s up’. I just said, ‘we said like eight seconds ago’.”

Miller, who was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring 139 talking about the decision said, “It was one of those moments where you hold your breath and hope for the best. Faf asked for the review first. Obviously, the umpire didn’t see or hear.”

Australia’s woes with the ball come up but batting shows signs of grit

As South Africa claimed the ODI series at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia’s woes with the ball bulged up. Their star bowlers including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins couldn’t curb the flow of runs after the early outburst.

The bowlers ended up conceding 70 runs off the last five overs and 130 off the last 15. Their batting showed signs of resurgence after losing three wickets when Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh launched a counter-attack.

Nevertheless, too much had been left to do for the lower-order batsmen in the later stage and as a result, the Kangaroos ended up 40 runs short against the bowling attack with the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi.

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