Pakistan’s veteran opener Fakhar Zaman’s controversial run-out in the second ODI against South Africa has sparked the ‘spirit of cricket’ debate on Twitter.

Fakhar Zaman batted boldly in pursuit of the 342-run target against South Africa and scored a magnificent 193 runs, but in an attempt to take a run between the wickets, De Kok took advantage of his cheapness and drew him to the other side.

Fakhar Zaman controversial run out
Fakhar Zaman played a brilliant innings of 193 runs. | PC: ICC-Twitter

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Alan Wilkins, a well-known commentator on the social networking site Twitter, also released a video of Fakhar Zaman being run out and wrote that the more times I disliked him, the clearer the deception.

The South African wicketkeeper blew the wickets pointing to Fakhar and missed out on completing his second double century by a narrow margin.

Pindi Express’s Shoaib Akhtar wrote, “Was it in the spirit of the run-out game by Quentin de Kock?”

“Don’t forget the five penalty runs that were not given to Pakistan,” he said.

Citing the law, analyst Mazhar Arshad said, “As far as I understand the law, Fakhar Zaman should not have been given out and Pakistan should have got five penalty runs.”

It may be recalled that Fakhar Zaman had played a brilliant innings of 193 runs but failed to reach the target of 342 runs and after a good contest the team was defeated by 17 runs.

Fakhar Zaman was declared the best player of the match, his innings included 18 fours and 10 sixes while facing 155 balls.

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Apart from Fakhar Zaman, no batsman has scored a half-century for Pakistan and Babar Azam, who scored a century in the last match to lead the team to victory, was dismissed for 31 runs.

The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa are tied at 1-1. In the first match, Pakistan won by 3 wickets.

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