Sarfraz Ahmed left fuming as Ross Taylor accuses Mohammad Hafeez of chucking during the first ODI

Sarfraz Ahmed left fuming as Ross Taylor accuses Mohammad Hafeez of chucking during the first ODI

Hafeez has been suspended from bowling thrice by ICC previously in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. (Photo Source: Twitter)

New Zealand drew first blood in the three-match ODI series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. After losing the T20 Internationals they needed such a clinical performance as they defeated the home side by 47 runs. Trent Boult was the hero of the game as he picked a sensational hat-trick to rock Pakistan early in the chase. However, that wasn’t only the talking point of the game.

There was a controversy during the first innings when Ross Taylor complained Mohammad Hafeez of chucking while delivering a ball. The incident happened during the 18th over of the game, when the Kiwi batsman defended a full pitched delivery and asked the on-field umpire if the bowler wasn’t following the rules of the bowling.

Interestingly, Hafeez has been suspended before for the same reason by the ICC for 2014, 2015 and 2017. However, he has been cleared now to bowl following numerous changes in his bowling action.

Sarfraz not happy

The things were heated in the middle after Ross Taylor’s gestures to the umpire. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t look pleased at all as he had an animated discussion with the on-field officials after the end of the 18th over. He wasn’t happy clearly with the player indicating the umpires about the bowler’s action. Meanwhile, Taylor was also seen having a chat with Mohammad Hafeez over the same.

Despite all the controversy, the umpires allowed Hafeez to bowl further as he went on concede 23 runs in his six overs and didn’t pick up any wicket. It will be interesting to see if the match referee will have anything to say on the matter. In case, he is once again suspended from bowling, it will be a huge blow for the cricketer ahead of the World Cup next year.

As far as the match is concerned, New Zealand won by 47 runs and are leading the three-match series by 1-0. The second match will be played on Friday in Abu Dhabi.

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