ENG vs PAK: Dawid Malan smacked on the helmet by a vicious bouncer

ENG vs PAK: Dawid Malan smacked on the helmet by a vicious bouncer

Malan could manage only 12 runs in the second innings.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan of England bats. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England and Pakistan are currently playing the first of the two-match Test series at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. The hosts haven’t had the best of matches as the Sarfraz Ahmed-led team has had the lid over them. England were shot out for 184 runs courtesy of Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali’s four-wicket hauls.

The visitors didn’t look rattled, scored 363 runs and took a considerable lead of 179 runs. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Shadab Khan’s gutsy half-centuries helped Pakistan clinch the ascendancy. On the other hand, England, with their backs to the wall, were needed to make a strong comeback in order to bring themselves back in the contention for a draw at least.

Dawid Malan knocked down

In the second innings, Root’s men lost the early wickets of Alistair Cook and Mark Stoneman and found themselves in a rabbit hole. Dawid Malan and his skipper were required to make amends for the Barmy Army and they did so with a partnership of 60 runs. In between, an unfortunate incident panned out with the left-hander. He was hit by a vicious bouncer from Hasan Ali on the last ball of the 22nd over.

The Pakistani pacer hurled in a bouncer from around the wicket, which crashed on to his helmet. Malan took his eyes off the ball and the blow took out the supporting badge from his helmet. Ali, immediately, put his hands up in apology. Thereafter, the physio rushed to the ground and checked the left-handed batsman for any potential damage.

A mandatory concussion Test was conducted and Malan was eventually deemed fit to play. Though he couldn’t survive long and scored 12 runs from 50 balls with a solitary boundary. He was nipped out by Mohammad Amir who was supported by a sharp catch from Sarfraz, the wicket-keeper.

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