Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor claimed his team was privy to World Cup injustice on Saturday as Ireland’s John Mooney held a crucial class despite clear indications of his shoe brushing the nearby boundary rope.
Ireland pulled off an intense victory in a nail biting match that witnessed an intrepid chase by the Zimbabwean batsmen after they were set a mammoth 332 run total by the Ireland team.
When Zimbabwe were in requisition of 32 runs of merely 20 balls, Sean Williams, who was batting at 96, hooked a short delivery by Kevin O’ Brien towards deep mid-wicket where Mooney plunged to grab the ball.
As Mooney pulled of a brilliant catch, replays suggested he had slightly cushioned the boundary rope with his left foot, which by decree should have been declared a six.
As the decision was scrutinised, Williams left the Bellerive Oval pitch and the catch stood.
Brendan Taylor, who scored a blistering 121, entailing 11 fours and 4 massive sixes, clearly stated that the fielder’s word has to be taken as the final word for such contentious decisions, although he suggested that the replays depicted the incident in an extremely lucid manner.
Ireland captain , who defended what would have been a record chase in the history of Zimbabwe cricket, tried to diplomatically deal with the situation, downplaying it.He exclaimed that it was an extremely tough decision but also exalted the efforts of Mooney, his team mate ,conveying that it was a great catch.
The result eliminated Zimbabwe from a crack at the quarterfinal berth, whereas it opened more realistic doors for Ireland, who look formidable with three wins, and two matches yet to transpire.