After Fakhar Zaman’s early dismissal in the 2nd ODI against West Indies in Multan, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam put on a 120-run stand to steady Pakistan, but a mix-up meant the former had to return to the pavilion for a run-a-ball 72. Imam hit the ball towards midwicket off Akeal Hosein in the 28th over, just after Babar had reached his half-century, and took off for a single.
Babar, on the other hand, was caught ball-watching and was uninterested in the run, sending his partner back after nearly reaching the non-striker’s end. Imam angrily jammed his bat on the ground before walking off as wicketkeeper Shai Hope removed the stumps before he could reach the crease.
Imam Ul Haq vents out his frustration after a miscommunication with Babar Azam
In the second of a three-match ODI series, Pakistan is playing against the West Indies. At Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan, Pakistan had already won the first ODI by 5 wickets. They deserved to take the lead in the three-match ODI series. Meanwhile, the second One-Day International is being played at the same location. Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, won the toss and chose to bat first.
Anderson Phillip of the West Indies bowled Fakhar Zaman out for just 17 runs. Despite losing the first wicket early on, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam helped the Green Shirts keep the ship afloat. With caution and aggression, the duo approached the innings.
Both batters hit for the half-century mark. Furthermore, they scored runs in a prudent manner by not taking risks. Before a miscommunication ruined things, they played calculated shots and kept things under control.
The miscommunication between Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam occurred during the fifth ball of the 28th over. When Imam ul Haq decided to take a single, the drama began. While Imam made his decision to go to the other end, Pakistan captain Babar Azam remained motionless.
Miscommunication results in a run out 💔@ImamUlHaq12 batted well for his 72 ✨#PAKvWI | #KhelAbhiBaqiHai pic.twitter.com/x0MVHr0e35
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 10, 2022
Imam ended up paying the price because Babar Azam refused to move to the striker’s end. It was too late by the time Imam realized Babar Azam was not responding. Imam left after scoring 72 runs.