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    February 13, 2006

    Spirit of the game gone awol at Rawalpindi?

    On Saturday, in the second one-dayer Rawalpindi, Virender Sehwag was dismissed in a most freakish manner. Dravid flicked a ball from Razzaq to fine leg and took off for two easy runs. Sehwag then noticed that there was scope for a third and ran to the striker's end. Meanwhile, Umar Gul had fielded the ball and thrown it back to the wicket-keeper. But Kamran Akmal is unfortunately a tad shorter than Curtly Ambrose, who'd surely have had no problems in catching Gul's throw. So the throw overshot Akmal's desperate leap ... and hit the stumps, with Sehwag out of his ground!

    Even as Akmal realized he'd not collected the ball, he tried to fake running out Dravid at the non-striker's end and was elated when he saw the direct hit! This is how Cricinfo described it, sans too many details unfortunately.
    17.2 Abdul Razzaq to Dravid, two runs, RUN OUT! inside edged down to fine-leg, Sehwag is coming back for a third, amazingly the throw from Umar Gul at fine-leg nails the stumps! Sehwag is short of his crease!

    India 123/2, Partnership of 18
    V Sehwag run out (Umar Gul) 67 (60b 10x4 1x6)
    So here is a question for you, Inzi. Did this act by Pakistan conform to the spirit of the game you bleated about last week? After all, Sehwag had absolutely no idea that he was being targetted by Gul. More importantly, neither did Akmal. His act of faking the throw obviously misled Sehwag.

    Earlier in the day, Shoaib Malik indulged in a game of rugby with Zaheer Khan.

    NB: Please to note, above post is purely tongue-in-cheek.

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