Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 06:06 pm
The second Quarter-Final of the Asian Games 2023 saw the battle between the Nizakat Khan-led Hong Kong National Cricket Team and Qasim Akram-led Pakistan National Cricket Team on Tuesday, October 03, at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field.
Hong Kong won the toss in the match and they elected to field first. The HKG bowlers did a stunning job and gave a tough time to Pakistan’s top-order batters. The top five batters of Pakistan failed miserably and the Men In Green were left tottering at 54/5
However, the lower order of Pakistan batted really well and powered the team to a challenging total of 160 runs. Aamer Jamal scored a sensational 41 runs while Asif Ali and Arafat Minhas chipped in with brilliant 25 runs each.
Chasing the target, Hong Kong lost Muhammad Khan in the second over itself at a score of 10 and Babar Hayat walked out in the middle to join his skipper Nizakat Khan.
Asian Games 2023: Watch – Third Umpire Declares Babar Hayat, Later Change His Decision
As Babar Hayat was trying to build a partnership with his skipper he was apparently stumped by the Pakistan wicket-keeper on the second ball of the fourth over, which was bowled by Arafat Minhas.
Minhas bowled a tossed-up delivery from round the wicket and the batter tried to smash it over midwicket, lost his balance, and the gloveman Rohail Nazir whipped off the bails. The decision went towards the third umpire Sarika Prasad, who after watching the replays declared Babar Hayat out as his foot was slightly in the air as the bails were removed.
Babar Hayat walked back to the pavilion after being declared out. However, a few minutes later, the third umpire reversed the decision. He realized that the wicket-keeper didn’t have the ball in his gloves when he removed the bails and the decision was changed from out to not out.
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Although Babar got a reprieve he wasn’t able to stay in the middle for very long as he was dismissed after scoring 29 runs off 27 balls. Also, Hong Kong got bundled out for 92 in 18.5 overs to face a 68-run loss.