The ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 match between Pakistan and South Africa in Chennai on October 27 took an unexpected twist, leaving fans and netizens in disbelief. The clash, which had been intense and closely contested, saw a significant and controversial moment involving a technical glitch in the Decision Review System (DRS) that led to Rassie van der Dussen’s dismissal, sparking outrage on social media.
A Thrilling Contest
The encounter commenced with Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, winning the toss and opting to bat first. Babar, along with Saud Shakeel, displayed their batting prowess, both scoring half-centuries as Pakistan posted a competitive total of 270 runs. South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jansen led the bowling attack, with Shamsi taking an impressive 4/60 and Jansen claiming three crucial wickets.
In response, South Africa’s innings encountered early setbacks as Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma were dismissed for 24 and 28 runs, respectively. Rassie van der Dussen held his ground and played cautiously, becoming the focal point of South Africa’s chase. However, the game took a dramatic turn during his innings due to an unforeseen DRS controversy.
On the fifth ball of the 19th over, Rassie van der Dussen played across the line to a delivery from Pakistan’s Usama Mir. The on-field umpire adjudged him out, prompting an immediate review by the South African batsman. The third umpire’s check began with the ultra-edge, which displayed a flat line, indicating no contact with the bat. Subsequently, the ball tracking window briefly displayed the impact as ‘umpire’s call’ and the ball missing the stumps.
However, in a baffling turn of events, the window was abruptly removed, with cameras focusing on the Pakistani players on the field. When the ball tracking was shown again from the beginning, it now indicated ‘umpire’s call’ for both impact and hitting the stumps. This led to the controversial decision of Rassie van der Dussen being declared out and returning to the pavilion.
Outrage and Confusion on Social Media
The unexpected turn of events left fans and netizens in a state of confusion and frustration. Social media platforms were flooded with comments and statements from cricket enthusiasts expressing their outrage over the incident. Many questioned the legitimacy of the DRS decision and raised concerns about the transparency and accuracy of the system.
As the match continued, the controversy surrounding Rassie van der Dussen’s dismissal remained a topic of discussion among cricket fans and experts alike. It serves as a reminder of the impact that technology and its occasional glitches can have on the outcome of high-stakes cricket matches.