Amid Pakistan’s forgettable day in Harare against Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20I, their paceman Arshad Iqbal delivered a moment to remember. Arshad Iqbal was the pick of Pakistan bowlers that bowled their full quota of overs, finishing with figures of 4-0-16-1. During his spell, the 20-year old’s lightning-quick bouncer broke the opposition’s opening batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s helmet into two.
The incident occurred in the seventh over when Arshad Iqbal delivered a bouncer on leg stump, which on which Tinashe Kamunhukamwe wanted to play a pull shot. Instead, the ball struck the side of the helmet and hit the outer shell. He had to wear a new helmet and thankfully passed the subsequent concussion test. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was Zimbabwe’s top scorer with 34 and Iqbal’s first international wicket was Tadiwanashe Marumani.
— Colonel Hardstone (@Col_Hardstone) April 23, 2021
Arshad Iqbal and other Pakistan bowlers’ efforts go in vain as Zimbabwe level the three-match T20I series:
Nevertheless, as indicated earlier in the article, it turned out to be a forgettable day for Pakistan in the outfield as they suffered their first T20I loss to the hosts. The visitors delivered a disciplined bowling performance, restricting the African nation for 118 in 20 overs. The men in green would have indeed fancied their chances of chasing it down and taking the series.
To Pakistan’s horror, only Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Danish Aziz got to double figures and the team as a whole could not even get to triple-figure score. Azam, who opened the innings, made 41, as they plummeted from 78-4 in the 16th over to 99 all out. Luke Jongwe became the man of the match, bagging figures of 3.5-0-18-4.