Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali collision on the pitch sees Azhar’s downfall in practice game
Pakistan had a modest chase to overhaul and Imam-ul-Haq (59*) and Haris Sohail (55*) got them over the line with 9 wickets in hand.
Published - May 7, 2018 8:43 pm | Updated - May 7, 2018 8:43 pm
Team Pakistan recently registered a thumping 9-wicket win against the Northamptonshire in the second warm-up game of their tour of England. The Pakistani side chased down the modest target of 134 in the final innings riding on fifties from Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail. The win will surely give them a big boost after they had put up an ordinary show in the first warm-up game.
Team Pakistan will now face off against Ireland in the historic first-ever Test match for the latter commencing on May 11. After the conclusion of the Test, the team will head to England again to play two Test matches. While almost everything went right for the visitors in the second warm-up game, there was a moment of horrific collision that the team would want to reflect on in the days to come.
During the fourth over of the final innings, the Pakistani opener, Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali were involved in a mid pitch collision that saw both batsmen ending up in awkward positions midway through the pitch. While Imam tumbled and fell on the pitch, Azhar’s momentum was hampered. Northampts fielder Ricardo Vasconcelos was quick to aim at the stumps and hit the woodwork.
Azhar Ali had to depart as a result of the direct hit. The video of the same is doing the rounds on the social media. While some are finding it funny, there are others concerned about the incidence. It is worth noting that Imam is the nephew of former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was infamous for being involved in run outs.
Talking about the match, The Northampts were restricted to 259 in their first innings after Shadab Khan had bagged 6/77. Pakistan, in their response, posted a mammoth total of 428 riding on an unbeaten 186 from Asad Shafiq. In the second innings, the Northampts skipper Rob Newton scored 118 to take his side to 301. Pakistan had a modest chase to overhaul and Imam-ul-Haq (59*) and Haris Sohail (55*) got them over the line with 9 wickets in hand.
Watch the video here:
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