Last Update on: August 30th, 2023 at 11:02 pm
Fakhar Zaman didn’t have a great game with the bat against Nepal in the tournament opener of the Asia Cup 2023. But he made sure that he set the crowd on fire along with leaving his teammate Shadab Khan in awe with his unbelievable fielding performance at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan.
Fakhar Zaman’s stupendous performance even made his teammate Shadab Khan, who was bowling, go gaga. It was during the 22nd over when the leg-spinner bowled a tossed-up delivery to Gulsan Jha, who tried to smash it for six but ended up getting a top edge.
It seemed that the ball would land up in no man’s land but Fakhar Zaman put in magnificent effort. He came running in about 20 yards from deep mid-wicket and then put in a staggering dive to complete the catch. What caught the attention of many was Shadab Khan’s reaction.
Here’s the video:
Shaddy'reaction says it all 🔥❤️💫 pic.twitter.com/a8HlaFUvi7
— Aish³⁹🦋 (@staygold_fakhar) August 30, 2023
After the wicket of Gulsan Jha, Pakistan picked up wickets in quick succession of time and bundled out the opposition for just 104 runs. They won the game by a massive margin of 238 runs and kick-started the Asia Cup 2023 on high.
Coming to Fakhar Zaman, the batter has been struggling with his form of late. He looked in good touch with the bat today but could manage only 14 runs. He would be hoping to turn the tables around in the next games.
PAK vs NEP: The platform was setup for me by the pacers – Shadab Khan on his performance
Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with the ball. The leg-spinner bowled exceptionally well in the game and was one of the reasons behind his team winning the game by a massive margin. He returned with the figures of 4/27.
Shadab Khan talked about the team’s performance and lauded Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed for their magnificent tons. He also opened up about his performance and said that pacers set the platform for him. He added:
“It was hot out there, but Sri Lanka was hot as well but Sri Lanka was more humid. I can’t talk about Babar because we all know he is a world class player, Iftikhar has done so much for much whenever he gets the opportunity. He showcased his power hitting really well today.
The platform was setup for me by the pacers, Shaheen and Naseem and then Haris Rauf was amazing. The conditions will be different, I have never played there (Pallekele) but let us see. We have confidence in each other and this is the beauty of the Pakistan cricket team.”
Pakistan will be next seen in action when they will take on India in their next game on Saturday (2nd September).