The English cricket team not only lost a nail-biter T20I to South Africa but also one this team’s batsmen created a unique record in the history of T20 games. English opener Jason Roy became the first player to be given out for obstructing the field in T20Is. He was playing a superb inning right from the beginning and if he have not been dismissed, he might be had taken his team to victory. But he ended up scoring 67 runs off 45 balls and later, England lost the game by 3 runs.
It all happened in the sixteenth over which was bowled by Chris Morris and England needed 42 runs to win from 24 balls. In the first, batsman Liam Livingstone, who had the strike, pushed the ball towards the backward point region where Andile Phehlukwayo grabbed the ball and threw towards the non-striker’s end. The batsmen didn’t take the run and Jason Roy was sent back by Livingstone. The ball thrown by Phehlukwayo hit Jason Roy’s boot while Morris appealed for obstructing the field.
On-field umpire Michael Gough then signalled a dead ball while the soft signal was not out. To this incident, the third umpire had a close look at the replay which took some time. The TV umpire found that Roy looked at the fielder before he changed his running direction and ran across the pitch.
After that, the ball was seen hitting his shoes. The umpires were satisfied that it was a field obstruction by the batsman and hence, he was given out.
By then Jason Roy had already scored 67 runs off 45 balls after hitting 9 fours and 1 sixes. After his dismissal, the English batting tumbled down and rest of the batsman failed to perform well. As a result, the Proteas win this thriller by 3 one and now, have levelled the series 1-1.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 23, 2017
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