Pakistan-West Indies match delayed due to floodlight failure
Published - Sep 30, 2016 3:58 pm | Updated - Sep 30, 2016 4:14 pm
The 1st ODI between Pakistan and West Indies was brought to an unexpected halt after the floodlights at the venue, Dubai International stadium, malfunctioned. Pakistan was batting at 260/6 in 44.3 overs at the time of the halt with all-rounders Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz batting on 11 and 21 respectively.
The cause of the delay is said to be due to a burnt cable from the generator to the pylon. The whole fiasco caused a 40-minutee loss to the game and forced the umpires to reduce the game to a 49 overs a side match with only a ten-minute break in between.
Initially, it was feared that Pakistan innings would be brought to an abrupt end if the problem was not solved on time. It was calculated that the West Indies would have to chase 283 in 44 overs should Pakistan not bat again in this innings.
The game, however, resumed and upon returning to the field, Pollard and Holder were seen in an animated discussion with the umpires. The light wasn’t fully functional but the umpires thought it was okay to resume the game. The Windies players had to comply with their what umpires said.
After being put into bat first, Pakistan reached a comfortable position in the game after being struck with early blows. Skipper Azhar Ali was dismissed for a golden duck by Jason Holder in the first over of the match before Babar Azam came in a struck a wonderful century, hitting 120 runs. His knock compiled over 131 deliveries included 8 fours and 3 sixes. Opener Sharjeel Khan also hit a quick 43 ball 54 run.
Eventually, the Men in Green were able to manage 284/9 at the end of 49 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Floodlight failure aka load shedding making sure West Indies feels like they're playing in Pakistan.. #PAKvsWI
— Iman (@Imanazmat) September 30, 2016
Is this a International match or local steet match? Floodlight failure.#PAKvWI
— Hamza Khan Jakhrani (@hamzajakhrani) September 30, 2016
— Naveen Rinwa (@Baith_Jaiye) September 30, 2016
Floodlight failure&Match has been haulted since 7.45pm
(If I'm not mistaken)
PS : Match is playing in one of the richest country
— Sandun Rathnayake® (@Sandun_R) September 30, 2016
Not rain. Not wet outfield. Not desert storm. But a floodlight failure has caused a stoppage at Sharjah. Pakistan – 260/6 in 44.3 #PAKvWI
— Zahid Munir (@Zahidcricket) September 30, 2016
PAK vs WI match delayed by a floodlight failure. Tough days for Pakistan, failure is with them wherever they go these days.
— ️Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 30, 2016
A historic moment it turns out to be as a match in Sharjah is delayed by a floodlight failure.
— Samee Chaudhry (@SameeSays) September 30, 2016
Floodlight failure. It's like Pakistan exported load-shedding to UAE to recreate the Pakistan experience since it's "hosting" the series.
— Saif (@SaifQuadri) September 30, 2016
Match delayed by a floodlight failure
Match Qadaafi stadium main ho raha hey kya
— Ali sarfaraz (@dgr8raz) September 30, 2016