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Fake fielding or cunningness? Twitterati divided over Quinton de Kock’s deception act to run out Fakhar Zaman

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South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock pulled off a huge deception act in the second ODI against Pakistan, which proved to be the game-changer as the act resulted in the wicket of a batsman batting on 193. Fakhar Zaman was on the verge of scripting a miraculous chase for his side despite wickets falling all around him, but a cunning instance from the opposition wicket-keeper and all went downhill from there.

The incident happened on the first ball of the last over. Pakistan were all but out of the game as they required 31 runs to win in six balls, however, Fakhar had a chance to complete his double century, his second in the one-day internationals, but it couldn’t be fulfilled.

He hit towards the covers and he started coming back for the second but he had a little stutter and the ball hit straight onto the stumps. But replays showed that de Kock fooled him there. He pointed as though the throw was going to the bowler’s end which made Zaman stutter and look back, but the fielder, Aiden Markram had gone to the striker’s end and de Kock just let it hit the stumps, catching Zaman unawares.

Both the captains Babar Azam and Temba Bavuma said after the game that it was the greatest ODI innings they saw but despite Fakhar Zaman’s heroics, Pakistan ultimately fell short by 17 runs off the target and South Africa won the second game by 17 runs levelling the series 1-1.

While many suggested that de Kock might be reprimanded for fake fielding, many appreciated the deception act by the wicket-keeper batsman. Some of the users were reminded of the former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s similar act a few years ago against Pakistan where he fooled the batsman Ahmed Shahzad into running quickly to complete the second run.

Here are some of the reactions:

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