The mini-duel between Shaheen Afridi and David Warner has become a rage among fans and cricket lovers across the world. It has infused much-needed entertainment in a series that has been marred with the controversy of lifeless pitches and producing dead rubbers.
The incident of Afridi and Warner locked in a staring contest went viral in no time. The internet had a field day making memes about Afridi looking down on Warner and Warner resolutely standing his ground. Their stare competition on the third day of the third test lasted for some time before breaking out in laughter. The banter continued into the fourth day as well when the two shared an animated moment after Afridi knocked off Warner’s stumps just after had made a half-century.
Australia go for the win
Australia made a bold decision of declaring and setting up a target of around 350 for Pakistan to chase with a little more than 1 day left in the final test. The Pakistan fourth innings got off to a balanced start when at one point 77 for 1 with two of the top 4 batsmen getting half-centuries. However, soon things spiralled out for the hosts and they lost their last 5 wickets in less than 70 runs. Nathan Lyon was exceptional with his fifer.
David Warner gets the better of Afridi
The most entertaining part of the game was when Shaheen Afridi was at the crease and Pakistan looked in choppy waters. Batting at number 10 any which way does not inspire much confidence and Afridi was just trying to protect his wicket. However, Lyon was too good for Afridi, the batsman. Afridi was caught out by Swepson and could only survive 7 balls. On his dismissal, Warner who was around the forward short leg region went up close to Afridi and celebrated in Afridi’s own inimitable style.
David Warner celebrating like Hasan in front of him 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OG1ECHWb3x
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) March 25, 2022
It was the final battle and clearly, Warner had won the entertaining banter battle between the two of them. It can certainly be said that the fans of both sides and cricket lovers enjoyed this hotly contested but respectful banter between the two and would love to see a return of it when Pakistan tours the Australian shores.