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Omaima Sohail bowled 7-ball over vs South Africa, mentally absent umpire fails to note

Omaima Sohail bowled 7-ball over vs South Africa, mentally absent umpire fails to note

Friday’s morning encounter of the ICC ODI Women’s World Cup 2022 between Pakistan and South Africa saw Omaima Sohail bowling a 7-ball over. The blunder caught fans’ attention since the umpire failed to note the bowl count, he has been heavily under criticism. Fans wonder how can a 6-ball over exceed a ball and the umpire remains mentally unavailable on the ground.

The 27th over of South Africa’s inning witnessed 7 balls being bowled but it looked like not many noticed at the moment. Pakistani all-rounder threw an action-filled bowl that went straight to the boundary as Laura Woolvardt did not miss any chance.

On the final bowl of the 27th over, the umpire adjudged Sune Luus’ LBW but the batswoman contradicted the decision. According to the rules, the over should have been ended there but the umpire, missing the bowl count, insisted on throwing another bowl which led to a 7-ball over.

It must be noted Proteas women posted 223 in the game’s first inning which eventually became impossible for Pakistani women to trail. Despite totalling their highest-ever world cup runs, they lost the match by six runs losing all wickets on 217 with one ball spared.

During SA’s inning, Laura, who went for the boundary on the 7th ball of Omaima’s over, was the top-scorer with 75 off 91 balls. Sune scored 62 from 102 deliveries, whereas, Shabnim Ismail was the top-wicket-take for her three-wicket haul conceding 41 runs in 9.5 overs.

As far as Pakistan’s inning is considered, they went really closed but faced their third consecutive loss of the marquee event. Omaima was the highest-scorer from green’s end slamming 65 off 104 balls. Nida Dar efficiently managed 55 off 72 deliveries. Both, Fatima Sana and Ghulam Fatima were stellar of the show picking three-wicket hauls conceding 43 and 52 runs respectively.

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