In a nail-biting second ODI, Pakistan narrowly defeated Afghanistan by one wicket, with Shadab Khan, on 48, caught backing up at the non-striker’s end in the final over by Farooqi’s Run-Out.

In a match marked by controversy, Shadab Khan found himself at the center of attention as he fell victim to the rarely seen but perfectly legal “Mankad” dismissal. The incident unfolded when bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi noticed Shadab straying too far out of his crease at the non-striker’s end. Without hesitation, Farooqi removed the bails at the bowler’s end, leaving Shadab well short of his ground.

While the dismissal may have adhered to the rulebook, it once again ignited the longstanding debate about the ethics of Mankading in cricket. Upon the umpires’ referral, the TV umpire confirmed Shadab Khan’s runout without any hesitation.

The ICC has upheld its legality, but the spirited discussion surrounding its morality persists. This bold move by Farooqi, carried out with precision, will undoubtedly be dissected extensively, given its crucial timing in the game and Shadab Khan’s impressive performance.

Pakistan clinched a thrilling 2nd ODI victory over Afghanistan by a mere run at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, sealing an unassailable 2-0 series lead. Imam-ul-Haq led the chase with 91, complemented by Shadab Khan’s vital 48 off 35 balls. Babar Azam contributed a crucial 53, setting the foundation. Earlier, Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s century (151 off 100) and Ibrahim Zadran’s 80 helped Afghanistan post 300/5. In a tense finish, Pakistan emerged victorious.

Last Updated on August 24, 2023

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