Aleem Dar didn’t hear our DRS review: Faf du Plessis
David Miller and Faf du Plessis scored centuries in South Africa's win over Australia. @AFP

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has stated that the on-field umpire Aleem Dar did not hear his team s request for a review against an lbw decision for David Miller during the series-clinching third ODI on Sunday.

The instance occurred during the 33rd over of South Africa s innings in Hobart when Miller was ruled lbw off Glenn Maxwell on 41 and was then seen gesturing with an arm to Dar after consultation with his skipper. As per the rules, only a captain can ask for a review and as per the host broadcast, it took 18 seconds for du Plessis and Miller to ask Dar for a review, which is more than the 15-second period granted to teams.

According to du Plessis, Dar did not hear his request.

“Dave asked me what I reckon. I said ‘I think it’s pretty close but let’s have a look’,” he said after the win. (I) turned around to the umpire and said, ‘We’ll refer that’. I don’t think he heard me.Dave said about five seconds later, ‘We’ll refer it’. He (the umpire) was like, ‘No your time’s up’. I just said to him, ‘We said like eight seconds ago’.”

Miller, who went on to be named Man of the Match for his brilliant 139 in a record stand of 252 with du Plessies, also backed his captain.

“It was one of those where you hold your breath and hope for the best,” Miller said. “Faf did it (ask for a review) first. Obviously the umpire didn’t see or hear.

Australian centurion Shaun Marsh did not believe the matter was controversial. “It was a big moment in the game but it wasn’t out,” he said. I thought they batted extremely well.”

South Africa won the third ODI to claim the series 2-1.