SA v AUS 2018: Nathan Lyon faces criticism for showing poor sportsmanship

The Australian spinner dropped ball on AB de Villiers after running him out.

Nathan Lyon dropping ball on AB de Villiers | The Telegraph

Australia are on the verge of victory in the first Test against South Africa at Durban. They need just one more wicket to win, while the Proteas are still 124 runs behind the target of 417. 

South African saw consecutive failures from their middle order in the Test match. That ensured an easy hold of the game to Australia. Had Aiden Markram not scored a fighting 143, the hosts would have lost the game in 4th day itself.

The fourth day was a lively one. The penultimate day of the Test match saw Australia's sharp performance with verbal wars. 

South Africa, chasing a huge target, were struggling to put up a strong partnership. They had high hopes from the stalwart AB de Villiers, however, he failed too. His run-out, at that stage of the game, was a shock for South Africa.

What more shocking was the sent off by Aussie cricketers. David Warner's aggression was still digestible, but what Nathan Lyon did, attracted a lot of criticism. 

The off-spinner, after knocking over the stumps to run out De Villiers, dropped the ball on the batsman as he ran to celebrate with his teammates. Looking closely at the video footage, it is clear that what he did was intentional.

Twitter wasn't very happy with Lyon's deed.




By Sihyeu Singh - 05 Mar, 2018

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