PAK vs SA: After Pakistan's defeat, Graeme Smith responds with an epic tirade against DRS and the umpires
After Pakistan lost to South Africa by one wicket on Friday in Chennai, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh took to social media to vent his frustration over DRS technology and alleged shoddy umpiring. Graeme Smith, a former captain of South Africa, expressed his concerns in a response to Harbhajan's tweet.
A rumoured contentious DRS (Decision Review System) call involving South African cricket player Tabraiz Shamsi soured the game.
Everything started in the 46th over when Shamsi was given a reprieve by the umpire after a DRS call of LBW (Leg Before Wicket) against bowler Haris Rauf.
Harbhajan spoke bluntly about the matter on his official X account, accusing Pakistan of losing in Chennai because to "bad" umpiring and "bad" rules. He also requested the ICC to modify the rule.
In response to Harbhajan's remark, Smith said that while he agreed with the latter, Rassie van der Dussen should also be given the benefit of the doubt because he was dismissed during the first innings due to a questionable umpire call. View the response here:
Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi, the last wicket combination, withstood a couple of tough overs from the Pakistani pacers before Maharaj hammered a boundary to complete a thrilling victory for South Africa.
In the end, South Africa won the match by one wicket with a total of 271/9 in 47.2 overs. Pakistan suffered their first-ever World Cup defeat and now have very little chance of advancing to the next round, despite their bowlers' remarkable comeback in the final few overs.