World Cup 2019: Afghanistan and Pakistan fans indulge in a massive fight; security guards spotted clueless
The environment inside the stadium was very vulnerable throughout the game.
Published - Jun 30, 2019 6:10 am | Updated - Dec 5, 2019 9:12 pm
Ever since the unauthorized plane flew above the Headingley stadium in Leeds, the environment in and around the stadium was very vulnerable and scary. The fans had lashed out at each other during the innings break of this World Cup match and after Pakistan had clinched a thrilling win, the fans had barraged into the ground courageously and also a little stupidly.
Just when the experts were thinking this World Cup was going on so smoothly, an unnecessary controversy has sparked an awful lot of attention. The fans from both sides were caught fighting and wrestling each other, making things even worse. The security guards behind the scenes took a lot of time to get into the action and stop it, but a lot of damage was already done with bottles flying and a lot of punching and shoving taking place.
A reporter inside the stadium had recorded a video of the incident and posted it online. It seems in the visuals as though some unknown local men were trying to stop both sets of fans, but the quarrel was going off limits.
“Big rioting has started in the stands. Bottles are flying across, punches flying and fans piled on each other. Everything being thrown. Security nowhere around to stop the mayhem. Rioting started after Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a nail-biting competition. Ugly scenes,” the reporter wrote on his official Twitter handle.
Big rioting has started in the stands. Bottles are flying across, punches flying and fans piled on each other. Everything being thrown. Security nowhere around to stop the mayhem. Rioting started after Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a nail-biting competition. Ugly scenes. pic.twitter.com/B3fvyNa0Sv
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) June 29, 2019
Imad Wasim saves the day for Pakistan
The run chase was turning out to be pretty worse for the Pakistani fans watching from the stands as their middle order showed no fight. Mohammad Hafeez threw his wicket away with a ridiculous shot but the rest got dismantled by the Afghan spinners. The game was well in control of Afghanistan with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowling beautifully towards the end, but one poor decision from Gulbadin Naib turned the game on its head.
Imad Wasim smashed 18 runs off Gulbadin’s 46th over to kill the suspense in this game. It was all one-way traffic once that over went for runs as Imad finished unbeaten on a brilliant 54-ball 49 to steer his side home by 3 wickets. For his outstanding performance, Imad was awarded the player of the match award.