WATCH : Farooqi laughing in disbelief after getting second shot at hattrick


Afghanistan cruised to a massive victory against newcomers Uganda in their World Cup opener on Tuesday. The team set an imposing target of 184, thanks to a formidable 154-run opening partnership between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran.

Fazalhaq Farooqi then dismantled Uganda’s batting lineup with extraordinary figures of 5/9 in his four overs. Farooqi made an immediate impact with two wickets in his first over, and only a resilient block by Riazat Ali Shah prevented a hat-trick.

In the 13th over, Farooqi bowled a deceptive slow cutter that clean-bowled Riazat, bringing captain Brian Masaba to the crease.

Masaba faced a wide seam-up delivery and attempted an aggressive shot, but only managed a thick outside edge, which was comfortably caught by Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

Farooqi, having maintained disciplined lines and lengths throughout the match, was amused by earning a wicket from such a loose delivery. He laughed and hid his face in his palm.

Despite the quality of the delivery, Farooqi’s performance received widespread acclaim on Twitter, with fans celebrating his efforts and praising the pacer.


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