David Miller and Faf du Plessis showcased the funny example of miscommunication, at the crease, after both batsmen were left stranded at one end which resulted in Miller being run out. Faf emerged as the major culprit of the incident as the South African changed his mind thrice in a span of seconds.
In the do-or-die encounter in London, South Africa got off to a good start with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock seeing off the early passage of the innings and set a perfect a launchpad for the middle-order to launch an assault. But that failed to transpire as their lack of discipline and Indian fielders’ brilliance left the Proteas in an uncomfortable situation.
Just after Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni had pulled off a fantastic effort to dismiss AB De Villiers for 16, the South African fans would have pinned their hopes on du Plessis and JP Duminy to lead them to a good score. However, the duo was caught in two minds in the 30th over and Miller had to take a long walk back to the dressing room after getting out in embarrassing fashion.
Ashwin bowled a quicker delivery that du Plessis cut to short third man. However, after setting off for a single, du Plessis hesitated before deciding to make a run for it. Amidst the confusion, Miller was left stranded midway down the pitch while du Plessis decided to change his mind again as he did a U-turn on the wicket. Du Plessis dived back to his own batting crease when Miller had almost crossed over but, by then, the damage had already been done and Kedar Jadhav disturbed the furniture to bring an end to the drama.
The on-field official referred the decision to the third umpire to get the clarity about who had failed to make his crease and replays suggested that it was Miller, who would bear the brunt. That wrested back the momentum in India’s favour and South Africa lost two more wickets in quick succession after that as well.
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