Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Debutant Arshad Iqbal’s bouncer breaks batsman’s helmet into two halves
Arshad Iqbal picked a wicket on his international debut.
Updated - Apr 23, 2021 6:35 pm
Pakistan and Zimbabwe are up against each other in the three-match T20I series on the Zimbabwean land. The second T20I was on when a horrific incident took place and put all the players in a state of fear. The 20-year-old Arshad Iqbal marked his international debut for Pakistan and stunned the batsman in front with his mind-blowing bouncer. Iqbal’s deadly bouncer in his 2nd over to Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s broke the batsman’s helmet into two halves as the outer layer fell on the floor.
As the part of the helmet went into the air, Kamunhukamwe was seen grappled in fear and Pakistan fielders ran to him for help. The Zimbabwe physio came running on the field and checked the player’s condition. A mandatory concussion test was carried out on the field before the game resumed. While batting first, Zimbabwe managed to put up 118 runs on the board but some tight bowling from their end helped them registering their first-ever T20I win against Pakistan by 19 runs.
Here is the video of deadly bouncer by Arshad Iqbal
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As the hosts were put to bat first, they posted a target of 118 runs where Kamunhukamwe himself top-scored for them by smashing 34 runs. Muhammad Hasnain picked two wickets for the guests while being fairly economical. For Pakistan, the target looked average before their batting order started falling abnormally. Babar Azam played a fine knock of 41 runs but failed to receive support from the other end.
The total collapse of the middle and lower-middle order meant that Pakistan fell short of 19 runs at the end. Luke Jongwe was the star with the ball as he picked up four wickets for the hosts. The T20I series is now leveled 1-1.
“Big turnaround from the first game and that’s all that you can ask of your players. They executed the plans superbly. I’d be lying if I say that I was confident (of defending 118) but we dug deep in the powerplay. We managed to squeeze Pakistan, and our commitment and dedication helped us get over the line. As a batting unit, we need to fire better in the powerplay. That takes the pressure off the middle overs. 140-150 are winning scores here,” stated the winning skipper Brendan Taylor after the game.