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.
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.
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:
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.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 11, 2022
Some things never changes in Pakistan cricket! pic.twitter.com/rO0mnhtf1q— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 11, 2022
Shadab Khan went in for that catch like: pic.twitter.com/6UrLyp3Hjc— Haroon (@harooonaldo) September 11, 2022
Shadab Khan had a bad day in the outfield. A ball struck on the head. A catch dropped. A bang with the shoulder of Asif Ali. This hurts! Shadab Khan is obligatory for Pakistan. Let's hope Shadab Khan recovers from the multiple blows quickly. #AsiaCup— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 11, 2022
To everyone talking shit about him, laughing at him, I hope you know that he got injured,his ear was bleeding, he was giving his 101% on field and he's the best fielder Pakistan has ever had. If you actually know Shadab Khan, you know how brave our man is! 💚#ShadabKhan #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/Gxe71rzT3c— SK07 🇵🇰 (@shadabian29) September 11, 2022