Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed finally got a chance in the playing XI on Tuesday during the third and final T20I against England. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who was dropped from the team as well as removed as captain last year, was recalled for the England tour.
He was a part of both the squads – Test and T20I. But with Mohammad Rizwan performing well, Sarfaraz Ahmed had to warm the bench throughout the Test series as well as the first two T20Is. Pakistan’s team-management finally gave him a chance to play on Tuesday.
But unfortunately, he did not get the opportunity with the bat and failed to make much of an impression from behind the stumps too. With Pakistan’s top-order putting up a fine show, Sarfaraz Ahmed did not get the opportunity to go out and bat.
And with the gloves, he could not affect any dismissal either. The wicketkeeper had the chance to stump Moeen Ali but he made a meal of it. The incident occurred in the 11th over of the innings when left-arm spinner Imad Wasim was operating.
On the fourth ball of the over, Moeen stepped out to play a big shot. However, he missed the ball and was well out of the crease. All Sarfaraz Ahmed had to do was to take the bails off. The ball was also in his gloves but for some reason, he could not take the bails off in time and Moeen, who had perhaps given up, got enough time to get back.
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The left-handed batsman, who was batting on just 7 at that time, went on to score 61 off just 33 balls. But fortunately for Pakistan as well as Sarfaraz Ahmed, he could not take England over the line as the visitors won the game by five wickets to draw the three-match series.