England would not have thought they can lose from 133 for 2 at the end of the 15th over. They needed 42 more off 30 balls with 8 wickets in hand. But, Jason Roy chose a rare way to get dismissed. His dismissal by obstructing the field gave South Africa a fighting chance which they eventually converted into a three-run win to keep the T20I series alive.
Chris Morris and South Africa believe that the right decision was made in giving Roy out and it is as per the rules of cricket.
“It’s part of the rules. It looks a lot worse than it actually is with us appealing like that, but you’ve got to appeal to get a decision from the umpires. We’ll take it and run, but the on-field umpire told me at the time that the right decision was made.” he said.
South Africa made a comeback into the match when Roy was dismissed. Roy became the first player in a T20Is to be given out obstructing the field. He took off for a single from the non-striker’s end but was sent back. Instead of returning straight back, he took a path which blocked the throw from hitting the stumps. The obstruction was seen as ‘wilful’ by the third umpire and he was given out.
“It’s been a tough tour. I still maintain in the Champions Trophy we lost the game at the wrong time,” added Morris.
South Africa lost to Pakistan and India in the Champions Trophy and could not qualify for the semi-finals. Coach Russell Domingo had to also return home after his mother met a car accident.
“We’ve been so good over the last 18 months and we just lost the game at the wrong time. It’s been blown up in our faces that we never perform well in those tournaments. Southampton wasn’t good for us obviously. England outplayed us there (in the first Twenty20). We weren’t good enough on the day, they absolutely destroyed us,” Morris added.
“We knew we needed to put up a good fight. It’s one hell of a honour to play for South Africa and I think the boys showed it. We proved out there we’ll scrap to win a game of cricket.”
On the other hand, England captain Eoin Morgan said that there was no tension between the two teams after the Roy dismissal.
“Absolutely not, not at all,” Morgan said. “We’ll take it for what it is. Everyone in the changing room thought it could go either way so it’s not massively controversial.”
Morgan also said that the bad light did not help his batsmen in the chase. The second match was played in Taunton, a stadium which doesn’t have floodlights. He also said that it was the darkest he has played in by a “country mile.”
(With AFP inputs)