SOUTHAMPTON, UK: Jos Buttler’s stunning 50-ball century just about proved the difference as England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling second one-day international at Southampton on Saturday.
New father Buttler´s 110 not out was the cornerstone of World Cup hosts England´s 373 for three.
But Pakistan, thanks mainly to opener Fakhar Zaman´s 138, stayed in the game before a target of 19 off the last over, bowled by Chris Woakes, proved beyond them as they finished on 361 for seven.
A video of England Pacer Liam Plunkett is doing the rounds on social media in which people are claiming that Plunkett tampered with the ball during the second One-day International (ODI) between England and Pakistan on Saturday, May 11.
England’s Liam Plunkett may find himself in trouble after the pacer appears to be tampering with the ball.
During the latter part of the Pakistani innings, when they were charging towards the target, the cameras caught something a miss as an England bowler was caught doing something to the ball. Plunkett was caught by the cameras scratching at the ball using his nails, to get the ball to swing.
It actually helped the other bowlers a lot who usually swings the ball in the air like Chris Woakes and David Willey, who were bowling in the death.
Here’s the video:
People are now asking the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials to further investigate this matter.
If it is proved that Plunkett’s actions actually changed the condition of the ball, and if the Match referee investigates the matter, he might find himself in hot waters, just ahead of the World Cup.
According to the Law 42.3 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on ball-tampering, players are not allowed to rub the ball on the ground, interfere with its seam or surface, or use any implement which can change the condition of the ball in order to gain unfair advantage.
The Australian batting trio of former captain Steven Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman David Bancroft were suspended for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in using sandpaper to tamper with the ball.