Jan 3, 2023, 20:28 IST

Watch! Babar Azam falls after a comical misunderstanding costs Pakistan a huge wicket


Pakistan Cricket doesn’t give the fans a dull moment on and off the field. While the talents their players possess is undeniable, their penchant for hara-kiri is also legendary. The scenes at the National Stadium at Karachi on Tuesday was oner such where there was funny scenes being seen during the 2nd day’s play.

Pakistan came into the second day’s play after witnessing New Zealand post 309 for 6 at the end of the 1st day. The first test between the two teams had ended in a draw at the same venue. Pakistan came into the series after having been hammered at home by 3-0 margin by England.

Comedy of errors between Imam Ul Haq and Babar Azam –

Babar Azam joined Imam Ul Haq after Shan Masood fell for 20 while trying to be aggressive. The pair added 43 runs for the 3rd wicket in 80 balls when tragedy struck. Imam Ul Haq played Michael Bracewell down the leg side and completed two runs.

The left hander called for a 3rd run and changed his mind at the last moment. Babar Azam was nearly in handshaking distance with his partner. The jubilant Kiwi bowler Bracewell, removed the bails as Azam was out for 24. This saw the commentators seeing red as they slammed Imam for selling his captain down the river.

Imam Ul Haq holds fort –

New Zealand posted a mammoth 449 in their 1st dig as Devon Conway with 122 led the run scoring. There were half centuries for Latham (71), Blundell (51) and Matt Henry (68*). In response the home team pushed the 4th gear to score 56/2 from 11 overs for the loss of Shafique for 19 and Masood for 20.

Post the wicket of Azam, the home team saw Saud Shakeel pull down the scoring rate with an unbeaten 75 ball 13 with one four. The hopes of Pakistan rests on Imam Ul Haq who is not out on 74 off 125 balls with 9 fours and a six as Pakistan ended the day at 154/3.

Twitter reacts-

Cricket fans took to Twitter to have a go at Imam Ul Haq and blasted  him for the run out of Babar Azam and you can read all the tweets below.