Last Update on: April 29th, 2023 at 08:18 pm
The PAK vs NZ second ODI in Rawalpindi saw a comic error from the Pakistan national cricket team that was rectified by umpire Aleem Dar. The second PAK vs NZ ODI is already underway in Rawalpindi with the Kiwis aiming for a big score.
The match, in Rawalpindi, saw a brief stoppage after the first over as umpires were seen directing the ground staff to fix the measurements.
As per an update on Geo news website, a Pakistani news channel, the pitch was changed after the first over was delivered with inaccurate measurements. It was Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar who came to the rescue of the Pakistan national team and helped them avoid a glaring error.
At the start of the second over, Aleem Dar was seen directing to the ground staff to correct the measurement of the 30-yard circle which was kept in the wrong measurement earlier.
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The television commentators explained the whole situation and pointed out how quick the umpires were to rectify the mistake. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was seen having an animated conversation with Aleem Dar. It all felt like a comedy of errors from the Pakistan national cricket team.
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The PAK vs NZ series moves onto the ODIs after the end of the five-match T20I series. New Zealand won the fifth T20I after the fourth ended in a no-result due to a hailstorm hampering the progress of play.
Both Pakistan and New Zealand have qualified for the ODI World Cup in India. The series will serve as the ideal dress rehearsal for the mega event later this year in India. Heading into this series, New Zealand are placed second in the ODI rankings while Pakistan are fifth.
The ODI started on April 27 and will be played till May 7. The first two ODIs will be played in Rawalpindi followed by the final three in Karachi. International cricket is back in Pakistan. They are also scheduled to host the Asia Cup later this year in September.