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4) Was D/L method really required?

Shoaib Malik v Zimbabwe
Shoaib Malik has a chat with the umpire after bad light ended the game, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare, October 3, 2015 ©Associated Press

The disappointed look on the faces of the Pakistanis when Zimbabwe emerged victorious on the basis of D/L method was definitely understandable. They were so close but yet so far. As there were no floodlights on the ground, umpires relied on the conditions and hoped that the match would be completed before it gets dark. The rain during the second innings delayed proceedings. At the end, with only 2 overs left Pakistan required 21 runs to seal the series and looking at their miraculous recovery they would have hoped of going over the line. But umpires thought it was unsafe as the conditions had got dark and suspended play, but with the sun going down, things only got worse. Pakistan were 5 runs behind the actual D/L par score and hence lost the match as the play was called off.

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