Umpire Aleem Dar Braves The Weather During Final ODI Between Sri Lanka And England

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Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar stole everyone's hearts when he stayed on the pitch drenched in the rain to wait for the official confirmation of a decision.

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Updated On:

The fifth and final ODI between Sri Lanka and England turned out to be a dead-rubber after rain played spoil-sport yet again. Though, the hosts did taste victory for the first time in the five-match series after they managed to inflict the heaviest defeat on Eoin Morgan's men in the ODI format.

The final ODI might have been short on action after England were forced to cut-short their innings after rain had stopped play. Though, amidst all the drama when rain forced the players to leave the field in a hurry, there was one moment that stood out the most.

The incident happened in the 27th over of the England innings, when off-spinner Akila Dhananjaya trapped tail-ender Liam Plunkett in front of the stumps after the latter failed to read his delivery.

The Pakistani on-field umpire Aleem Dar confident that the ball has impacted with the stumps, gave the batsman out. However, the England batsman wasn't completely convinced and went for a review just when it started to rain. Players of both teams headed to their respective dressing rooms, while the umpire stood his ground as the rain and thunder increased.

Drenched in the rain, Aleem Dar waited on the field to get a final confirmation on the DRS call. Finally, the verdict from upstairs had arrived and what followed after that was hilarious. The umpire's original decision had stood and Dar left the field with his finger raised. Here's the video of the incident:

Plunkett was dismissed and England were reeling at 132 for 9 in 26.1 overs. With the rain showing no signs of calming down, the match was curtailed and Sri Lanka registered a massive 219 runs victory via the DLS method.

Having already wrapped the series prior to the match, visitors looked far from their best in the final ODI. England put up a poor bowling display, spurred several catches and surprisingly their strong batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards. It was probably a day to forget for the visitors, but a series to remember for Eoin Morgan's men.

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