Jason Roy becomes first player in T20I history to be given out obstructing the field

first_imgEngland opener Jason Roy became the first cricketer to be given out obstructing the field in T20 international history on Friday. South Africa defeated England by 3 runs in the second T20I at Taunton to level the three-match series 1-1. (Scorecard)England were well on course for victory at 133/2 in the 16th over while chasing 175 against the Proteas with Roy batting superbly on 67 when he was given out.Livingstone, who was on strike with Roy at the other end, declined a quick single after hitting the ball towards point. Phehlukwayo had a shy at the non striker’s end and the ball hit Roy on his boot. The South Africans appealed immediately for obstructing the field.The umpires first called it a dead ball and then decided to go upstairs. The replays showed that Roy did change his path and came in way of the throw. The third umpire had a long hard look at the replays and in the end gave the decision in South Africa’s favour.The wicket came at an important time for the Proteas as they restricted England to 171/6 with Chris Morris finishing with two wickets while Dane Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo took a wicket each. Roy was the top-scorer for England while Jonny Bairstow made 47 but the duo failed to get their team over the line.Earlier, South Africa posted a decent 174/8 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Captain AB de Villiers 46, JJ Smuts and Farhaan Behardien made significant contributions for their side. Tom Curran starred with the ball for England with three wickets while Liam Plunkett got two wickets.advertisementOnly six batsmen in men’s cricket have been given out obstructing the field in one-day internationals while England’s Len Hutton is the only cricketer to be dismissed in this fashion in Test cricket in the fifth Test against South Africa at The Oval in 1951.The third and deciding match between England and South Africa will be played at Cardiff on Sunday.last_img

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