Sarfraz Ahmed bashes Bilal Asif from behind the stumps for giving away easy runs
Pakistan bowled New Zealand out for 153 in the first innings of the first Test.
Updated - Nov 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is one of those tough taskmasters who really turns the heat on his players. He is absolutely no-nonsense guy on the field and never accepts irresponsible batting or bowling, fielding or even running between the wickets form his players. In the first Test match against New Zealand, it was Bilal Asif who irked the skipper and was immediately faced with the consequence.
In the 66th over of the inning, the spinner was bowling at New Zealand’s Trent Boult and delivered a tossed up ball outside the off-stump that allowed Boult enough time and space to get under it. Bilal had a tight field in place to build pressure on the tail-ender. There were three catching fielders in a slip, a forward short leg as well as a leg slip.
Boult read the ball pretty early and thus danced down the track, got to the pitch and smashed it over the bowler’s head for a boundary in the long-off region. New Zealand were 149/9 at that stage and to give away easy runs at such a stage isn’t something Sarfraz can forgive.
He lashed out at the bowler for missing the line as well as length with that against a lower order batsman. Bilal knew he needs to pull things back in control and regain control.
Here is the video of Sarfraz’s reaction:
Earlier in the game, Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first. On a good looking surface in the UAE, it didn’t take long for Pakistani bowlers to push the visitors on the back foot. They were reduced to 39/3 in the first session and despite a half century from the skipper could only manage to post 153 runs on the board before being bowled out.
Pakistan in response got to a score of 227 which gave them a lead of 74 runs which might as well prove to be the difference in this low-scoring affair.