In a T20 World Cup warm-up game, Shaheen Afridi’s vicious yorker sends an Afghanistan batter to the hospital
Shaheen Afridi, a Pakistani pacer, made his eagerly anticipated comeback from a knee injury last week against England in a T20 World Cup warm-up match. Afridi only bowled two over and didn’t manage to get a wicket either.
Shaheen, though, hit twice in as many overs for Pakistan in the second warm-up match against Afghanistan, giving Pakistan a strong start. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai, Afghanistan’s openers, were both out. Gurbaz was smacked with a toe-crushing yorker from Shaheen and was in excruciating pain as a result.
While the umpire handed Gurbaz the boot, Afghanistan was more worried about the player’s health. The physios arrived to check on Gurbaz, which caused a brief halt in play. Gurbaz was rushed to the hospital for scans, it was later learned.
Afghanistan eventually scored 154 for 6, partly because to captain Mohammad Nabi’s undefeated 51-ball innings.
After being moved into the batting order, Afghanistan struggled after Shaheen and Haris Rauf shook the top-order, falling to 82 for six.Nabi and Usman Ghani, who together scored 72 runs for the seventh wicket, helped Afghanistan reach a respectable total. In response, Pakistan reached 19/0 in 2.2 overs before play was halted by rain.
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