Rain fell nonstop in Hobart throughout South Africa’s match versus Zimbabwe. Prior to the arrival of the unexpected guests, Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine chose to bat first after winning the toss. Nine overs were finally used for each side of the game. The Protean bowlers controlled the situation for the majority of the innings, but they slipped up in the penultimate over when Zimbabwe was assessed five penalty runs for Quinton de Kock’s mischief.
The youthful Wesley Madhevere came up for the African team as the Zimbabwean bats, who had trouble with timing earlier in the innings, were struggling at 19/4 in the fourth over. In a critical 52-run stand with Milton Shumba, he hit 35 runs in a flash off 18 deliveries. Five extra runs for his team came from the latter scoop off Anrich Nortje’s second delivery of the last over.
Quinton de Kock’s gloves, which were thrown on the field by the goalkeeper in an effort to receive the ball for a speedy throw, were struck by the relay from Lungi Ngidi, resulting in a penalty for South Africa. In addition to the Proteas being docked five runs, the decision that it was a dead ball also gave the Zimbabweans an additional delivery in the last over. Shumba was out on the last pitch of the first inning, so they were unable to make it matter.
In accordance with the MCC’s regulation, “The batting side will get five penalty runs from the umpire. The punishment for a No ball or a Wide remains in effect. The batting side will also be given credit for runs that the batters have previously completed and any runs that were still in progress at the time the offence occurred.”
“Explain the rationale for this move to the opposing umpire and the captain of the fielding side. As soon as it is possible, let the batting side captain and the batsmen know what has happened.”