PAK vs WI: Babar Azam penalized for five runs after fielding illegally with gloves

Babar Azam
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Babar Azam
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In a rare incident on the cricket field, Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam’s illegal actions during the 2nd ODI against West Indies cost his team five penalty runs. Pakistan continued to maintain their dominance over West Indies in the ODI series by taking an unassailable lead in the three-match ODI series after winning the first two matches.

The home team dominated with the ball while defending the modest total of 275/8 in 20 overs to register a massive 120-run victory. Meanwhile, the skipper Babar Azam extended his purple patch with yet another half-century. However, his illegal actions during the fielding garnered more highlights than his performance in the 2nd ODI.

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Babar Azam broke Law 28.1: Protective equipment

During the 29th over of the West Indies innings, the Pakistan skipper could be seen wearing one of Mohammad Rizwan’s wicketkeeping gloves while fielding. He was having the fun in the middle and for some reason collected a throw while wearing the gloves.

The match officials deemed Babar Azam‘s actions illegal and subsequently, they penalized Pakistan with five runs and those five runs were added to the total of the Caribbean side.

For those who don’t know, According to clause 28.1 in the laws of cricket, “no other fielder apart from the wicketkeeper shall be allowed to wear gloves or external leg guards. The protective gears can only be worn by the fielders after taking approval from the on-field umpires, else not.”

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Talking about the match, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts managed to put up a fighting total of 275/8 in 50 overs courtesy of some good knocks from Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam.

Defending the total, Pakistan put up a bowling masterclass and bundled out the visitors for 155/10 in 32.2 overs to register a 120-run win. They will now face the tourists for the one last time Sunday at the same venue of Multan Cricket Stadium.

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