Pakistan batsmen over the years have always found out different ways to throw their wickets at unnecessary stages of the innings. The latest to the addition is young Shaheen Afridi, who made a mockery of himself by attempting to take a run, which was never on the cards. The incident happened in the second Test match between Pakistan and England in the Ageas Bowl.
The incident happened in the 75th over of the match, when a beautiful in-swinging delivery from English pacer Chris Woakes hit Mohammad Rizwan’s pads. While the English fielders were going all out in appealing for the LBW, the non-striker Shaheen Afridi tried to sneak in a single even without calling his partner for the same. This however caught the attention of Dom Sibley, who was stationed at the slips. He inflicted a direct hit at the non-striker’s end thereby ending Shaheen’s short but struggling stay at the field for batting.
Visitors Pakistan found themselves at 223-9 on day 2 when play was forced to stop due to bad lights. After a disastrous start to the Test on day 1 they found themselves crossing the 200 mark, courtesy of a fighting half-century by the wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Vice-captain Babar Azam too played a helping hand, as he scored 47 runs before falling to Stuart Broad.
Both of them negated the English bowling attack brilliantly. The usually strong English attack lacked consistency in pitching the ball in the right areas, which in-turn helped the batsmen to take their time to build their innings. They played very few risk shots and rotated the strike consistently. They even left most of the deliveries outside off, controlling the temptation to drive the ball.
On the bowling front, the terrific duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad inflicted major damage on the Pakistan lineup as they picked up 3 wickets each. Chris Woakes and Sam Curran scalped 1 wicket each before bad lights stopped play on day two.
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