Cricket is called the gentleman’s game for a reason and it was once again on full during the first T20I between Pakistan and World XI on Tuesday (September 12) in Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium.
The incident happened in the very last over of the game when the tourists needed an improbable 34 off the final 6 balls. Sarfraz Ahmed gave the responsibility of containing Darren Sammy to Thisara Perera and although the Pakistan pacer did well in the end, the over began in the worst-possible manner for him as he was slammed for a big six by Sammy.
However, Ali, who was the highest wicket-taker in this year’s Champions Trophy, made a brilliant comeback as he floored Sammy with a stunning inswinging yorker. The former Windies skipper completely lost his balance and fell flat on the floor. But what followed thereafter won every cricket fans’s heart as Sammy, while lying on the floor, clapped to praise Hasan for the delivery before the bowler walked up to him and offered a helping hand.
Here is a clip of that brilliant moment:
Meanwhile, Pakistan defeated World XI by 20 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series. Batting first, the hosts led by Babar Azam’s career-best 52-ball 86 runs knock posted a daunting 197 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, the visitors rarely looked in contention to chase down the big total as losing wickets at regular intervals never allowed them to get the momentum. They were eventually restricted to 177 for 7.