Qasim Akram gets run out in a hilarious way after both batsmen sprint towards the non-striker’s end
Rohail Nazir, the Pakistan captain won the toss and chose to bat first in the all-important encounter against India.
Updated - Feb 4, 2020 4:42 pm
The ongoing ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa is seeing perhaps its biggest encounter yet as arch-rivals India and Pakistan are taking on each other in the first semi-final of the tournament at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Though Pakistan leads 5-4 in U19 encounters, the Indian colts have won the last three matches between the two sides.
Rohail Nazir, the Pakistan captain won the toss and chose to bat first in the all-important encounter. Both the teams went in unchanged. The Indian team, who has been unbeaten in this tournament, came into this match by defeating Australia in the quarter-finals, while the Pakistani team brushed aside Afghanistan in their elimination encounter.
Pakistan didn’t have a good start with Mohammad Huraira and Fahad Munir falling early. But Haider Ali made a brilliant 56, who alongside skipper Nazir added 62 runs for the third wicket. Their partnership brought Pakistan back in the game, but Ali’s wicket to Jaiswal meant that Qasim Akram came into bat and tried to up the ante. However, his wicket fell in the worst possible way.
Massive confusion in calling leads to comical run out of Qasim Akram
On the second ball of the 30th over which was bowled by Ravi Bishnoi, Qasim tapped it towards covers and called Nazir for a quick single, to which the captain responded. As Akram hared towards the bowling end, Nazir developed cold field, as Ankolekar swiped on the ball. Both the batsmen found themselves at the same end and Qasim was left fending for himself.
As Jurel broke the stumps at the batting end, replays found that the Pakistan skipper had made his ground first and Qasim had to walk back dejected to the pavilions after having a few words with Nazir. He was looking good for his nine runs, which included a boundary as well, leaving Pakistan 123/4 at the end of the over.
Here is the video of the comical runout:
Meanwhile, the Indian team has been undefeated in the U19 World Cup since their loss to the West Indies in the finals of the 2016 edition in Bangladesh. Prithvi Shaw’s team won the 2018 edition without losing a match in New Zealand and Priyam Garg has also led the U19 team India who are yet to lose a match.