South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Temba Bavuma walks off immediately despite not edging the ball

South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Temba Bavuma walks off immediately despite not edging the ball

Bavuma didn't even wait for the umpire's decision and he was quick to walk off the field.

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lankan team is currently in South Africa and is facing them in their own backyard in a Test series. The Lankans put up a brilliant show with the bat having scored 396 in their first innings of the first Test. Dinesh Chandimal (85), Dhananjaya de Silva (79), and Dasun Shanaka (66) were the stand out performers with the bat. For South Africa, it was Sipamla and Mulder who picked four and three wickets respectively.

South Africa in their first innings of the first Test had a magnificent start with the bat. In the 91st over, Dasun Shanaka bowled a back of a length delivery well outside off to which Temba Bavuma threw the kitchen sink at. The Lankans appealed immediately and the Umpire too obliged to it. The more interesting thing was Bavuma didn’t even wait for the umpire’s decision and he was quick to walk off the field.

The replays showed that there was clear daylight between the bat and the ball

The replays later showed that there was clear daylight between the bat and the ball as the cherry passed by. The UltraEdge confirmed the same and displayed a flat line showing no contact between the bat and the ball. Bavuma was well set for his second Test century but he chose to not review it and walked off presuming to have hit it. Had he reviewed that, Sri Lanka would have been wicketless in that session.

On the contrary, in the recent past, the umpires have had their equal share of horrendous decision making and the recent case on the Day 3 of the first Test is a prime example to prove the same.

Faf du Plessis went on to score his 10th Test Hundred and South Africa is definitely looking for a huge first innings lead and to bowl their opposition out to go one up in the Test series. Sri Lanka, nonetheless, will be looking to back their bowling and get the Proteas bundled out for a lesser lead than what they are actually looking at currently.

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The second Test of the series will start from the third of January 2021.