Former Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Brad Hogg took a sly dig at Pakistan after their players tried to change the state of the ball in order to get reverse-swing during the World Cup clash against England. The crunch clash at Trent Bridge lived up to the expectations as more nearly 700 runs were scored with Pakistan eventually winning the game by 14 runs.
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Asked to bat first, Pakistan put behind their shambolic display against West Indies when they were all out for just 105 and posted a mammoth total of 348 for 8. The innings was studded with 29 fours and six sixes.
Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez was his side’s top scorer with 84 off 62 balls. Babar Azam and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed contributed well too, scoring 63 and 55 respectively. In reply, England lost wickets at regular intervals at start. They were reeling at 118 for 4 with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes back in the pavilion.
However, Joe Root and Jos Buttler brought back England in the game by scoring century each. But both of them fell in quick succession right after reaching three figures. Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes then swung at all the deliveries but were soon caught out in successive balls and England eventually finished on 334 for 9.
But apart from the fine contest between bat and ball, what caught everyone’s attention was Pakistan players desperate attempt to change the state of the ball. The players looked like deliberately throwing the ball on the rough patches in order to extract reverse swing. In fact, the on-field umpires had to warn Pakistani players for the same.
And Brad Hogg had also noticed the same as he posted a sarcastic tweet while also admitting that there was nothing wrong with it.
“Pakistan, either have sore throwing arms or have very accurate ones. They’re finding the rough patches in front of Sarfaraz while throwing the ball in from the outfield. It’s a legal skill, expecting a bit of reverse swing in the final 10,” tweeted Brad Hogg.
Pakistan, either have sore throwing arms or have very accurate ones. They're finding the rough patches in front of Sarfaraz while throwing the ball in from the outfield. It's a legal skill, expecting a bit of reverse swing in the final 10. #PakvsEng #CWC19
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 3, 2019