India two runs away from victory when umpires called lunch
A CRUSHING victory for India over South Africa has been mired when the onfield umpires called for lunch with India needing just two runs to win.
The decision delayed India's inevitable nine-wicket victory by 40 minutes, emptied the stadium and left the commentators completely baffled.
"No, I can't believe this,” commenator Mike Haysman said, "This is absolutely ridiculous!
"This is where cricket has a real problem. Common sense has got to prevail. I am astonished by this.
"They cannot come off. It's as simple as that. They've got to stay on. No, no, no, this doesn't work.”
"This is now a farce. It's as simple as that. This is laughable, that's what it is. You cannot do this.”
Fifteen minutes earlier umpires had extended play to give India a chance of finishing the match before the interval. Under ICC regulations they were not permitted to do so again.
However, commentator and Indian great Sunil Gavaskar argued that simple commonsense should have been applied.
"I can't work it out,” Gavaskar said. "No one in that (Indian) dressing room can work it out. Nobody in the crowd can work it out.”
Forty minutes later play resumed and India completed its demolition job of South Africa, winning the second ODI at Centurion by nine wickets with 30.3 overs to spare.
Virat Kohli's men were chasing only 119 to win after bowling out the top-ranked team for its worst total on home soil.
Wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared eight wickets as the Proteas were bowled out in just 32.2 overs.
Chahal took 5-22 and Yadav 3-20 before India's batsmen cruised to 1-119 to give the tourists a 2-0 lead in the six-game series.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan made 51 not out and captain Kohli hit an unbeaten 46 in a 93-run partnership for the second wicket.
With the victory, India also moved above South Africa and to No. 1 in the world ODI rankings, although South Africa can reclaim top spot with four games of the series to come.