Millions of Pakistani hearts skipped a beat when Afghanistan’s former captain Mohammad Nabi gave a run out scare to Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam during the World Cup clash between the two Asian sides at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday, October 23.
The eye-catching incident unfolded in the 16th over of Pakistan’s innings. Nabi came in to bowl the over and stopped midway in his follow-through. The veteran Afghan allrounder caught Babar off guard who was about to leave the crease at the non-striker’s end but didn’t dislodge the bails.
Babar was quick to realise the same and dragged his willow back into the crease. Notably, it is not the first time a bowler has warned a batter at the non-striker’s end for backing up too early in the ongoing marquee tournament.
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Australia’s pace merchant Mitchell Starc had warned Sri Lanka’s opener Kusal Perera twice during the 14th match for leaving his crease early at the non-striker’s end. The event unfolded in the 14th match of the tournament at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Starc only warned Perera but didn’t dislodge the bails on either occasion which didn’t give rise to any dramatic scenes in the contest.
Pakistan’s Playing XI:
Bench: Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman
Support Staff: Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Andrew Puttick, Morne Morkel
Afghanistan’s Playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad
Bench: Fazalhaq Farooqi, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman, Najibullah Zadran
Support Staff: Jonathan Trott, Raees Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Ryan Maron