England were awarded four overthrows plus two runs off one delivery in the last over after a throw by Martin Guptill deflected off the bat of Ben Stokes raced to the boundary ropes. This was a “clear mistake” and an “error of judgment” by the umpires, former umpire Simon Taufel said.
Taufel, who is a five-time winner of the ICC’s Umpire of the Year award, said that England should have been awarded five runs instead of six because the overthrow rule states that runs shall not be awarded if the batsmen do not cross the middle of the pitch “at the instant of the throw.”
“It’s a clear mistake … it’s an error of judgment,” Taufel told foxsports.com.au. “In the heat of what was going on, they (umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena) thought there was a good chance the batsmen had crossed at the instant of the throw” Taufel added. “Obviously TV replays showed otherwise.”
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