“Some things never change in Pakistan cricket”- Twitter reacts as Shadab Khan and Asif Ali drop catch with ball going for a 6

The ball went towards the fielders Shadab Khan and Asif Ali, who had a collision. They failed to catch the ball.

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Shadab Khan
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The final match of Asia Cup 2022 is underway at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium right now. Former champions Sri Lanka are battling the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team. Vice-captain Shadab Khan had a rough day in the middle during the first innings.

During the 19th over of the Sri Lankan cricket team’s innings, Khan collided with his teammate Asif Ali near the boundary line. Mohammad Hasnain bowled a length delivery on the final ball of the 19th over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashed it towards the deep midwicket region.

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The ball went towards the fielders Shadab Khan and Asif Ali, who had a collision. They failed to catch the ball. Instead, the ball landed outside the boundary line, yielding the Sri Lankan cricket team six runs.

Overall, it was a memorable innings for the Sri Lankan cricket team. The islanders were down to 58/5 at one stage, but they finished with a 170-run total in the first innings.

Shoaib Akhtar and other Twitter users react to the dropped catch of Asif Ali and Shadab Khan

This is not the first time in Asia Cup 2022 that two fielders of the Pakistan cricket team have hit each other while taking a catch. During the match between the Indian cricket team and the Pakistan cricket team earlier in the tournament, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah almost had a collision. Luckily, they managed to complete the catch on that occasion.

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However, it was not the case with Shadab and Asif Ali today. Reacting to the Pakistan vice-captain’s fielding, former Pakistan cricket team pacer Shoaib Akhtar wrote on Twitter:

“He is our best fielder. @76Shadabkhan just having a bad day. But our team definitely needs to work on their catch calling. Few times this has happened in this tournament. I hope he is ok.”

Here are some of the top Twitter reactions to the dropped catch:

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