Published:  01:36 PM, 06 February 2018

Two runs to get … umpires call for lunch

Two runs to get … umpires call for lunch
India stormed to a nine-wicket victory at Centurion after bowling South Africa out for their lowest one-day international score on home soil – but there was a bizarre conclusion to the match.

India were cruising towards a 2-0 lead in the six-match series at 117 for one when, with just two runs needed from 31 overs for victory, the umpires led the teams off for lunch.

Fans were left bemused after umpires called lunch with India two short of their target - with nine wickets and 31 overs to spare - in the Centurion ODI. South Africa had been bowled out in 32.2 overs for 118, their lowest total in a home ODI, and India came out to chase following a ten-minute changeover.

The decision did not appear to go down well with the players, and the former England captain Michael Vaughan was among those left bemused.

He tweeted: “Cricket is bloody bonkers ... Lunch break taken with 2 runs required for Victory ... Surely common sense comes into play !!!!!!!!!”

The former India batsman Aakash Chopra was similarly unimpressed. He wrote on his Twitter account: “Are You Serious??? Taking lunch with India needing 2 runs to win. Cricket is its own enemy.”

After a break of around 40 minutes the players returned and the India captain, Virat Kohli, hit the winning runs off the ninth ball following the resumption to seal a one-sided victory.

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