Mohammad Amir gets a couple of warnings for running on the pitch’s danger area during India vs Pakistan match at Manchester
The much anticipated high-octane clash between India and Pakistan eventually began on time, after a world lot of conjectures regarding the weather conditions, at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester.
Under the expected cloud cover, luck went Pakistan’s way as their skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the all-important Toss and chose to bowl fast with a decent pace-attack arsenal.
But, quite early in the start of the innings, their best pacer in the World Cup so far- Mohammad Amir has been handed a couple of serious warnings by the on-field umpire for running on the danger area of the pitch.
It all started in the 3rd over of the innings. On the third delivery of the over, Amir, in a rather careless and carefree manner stepped on the danger area of the pitch. Umpires usually in such cases initially tell the bowler to stay away from that area, which falls right at the centre of the pitch.
But, the on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford meant business, and directly handed an official warning to the speedster. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, in an impromptu manner walked towards the umpire to get a clear heart of the matter.
Amir does it again
Perhaps not paying enough heed to the earlier warning by the umpire, Amir again committed a similar sin yet again- this time in the 5th over. Oxenford was clearly not amused with the 27-year-old, and handed him a second official warning.
Two warnings for Mohd Amir. That is careless.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 16, 2019
Amir was unhappy with some strange reason, but the rules are loud and explicit. What it means is that, if he does it again for the third time, he will no longer be allowed to bowl further in the innings.
Talking about the match, India have had a dream start to the epic clash with both the openers completing their respective half-centuries. While Rohit Sharma hit his 5th consecutive score of 50+ in ODIs, KL Rahul was just dismissed on 57 off 78 deliveries by Wahab Riaz.
At the time of writing, India were placed in a strong position, at 143/1 after 24.3 overs. Rohit Sharma was unbeaten at 80 off 67 deliveries.
Watch: Mohammad Amir receive warnings from the umpire
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) June 16, 2019