Pakistan’s World Cup campaign got off to a challenging start as they lost their top three batsmen with just 38 runs on the scoreboard. Although Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan provided stability, taking the team past 150, the Men in Green stumbled again, losing three more wickets quickly to find themselves at 188/6 with nearly 20 overs remaining.
However, Nawaz and Shadab Khan played a pivotal role in ensuring Pakistan reached a competitive total in Hyderabad. In an amusing turn of events, it all began with a full toss delivered on the middle stump.
Shaheen Afridi attempted a reverse-sweep but missed, resulting in an appeal for a leg-before-wicket (LBW) decision. Meanwhile, Nawaz had advanced halfway down the pitch as the ball headed towards the short fine-leg fielder. He managed to scramble back to his crease just in time, but the bowler fumbled the ball.
Amidst the chaos, Shaheen Afridi called for a quick single, but Nawaz hesitated and took off late, finding himself far down the pitch. The return throw was accurate and resulted in a direct hit at the striker’s end, leaving Nawaz stranded and well out of reach.
The Twitterverse erupted with reactions, adding a humorous twist to the incident, making Nawaz’s misadventure on the cricket field unforgettable.