Fawad Alam walks back after being fired.© AFP
Pakistan captain Babar Azam is in stunning form with the bat in various sizes, but on Thursday he got involved in a horrific mix-up that led to the elimination of team-mate Fawad Alam. The incident happened on day 5 of the second test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium. Fawad Alam drove a ball to the middle and took a single, but Babar Azam at the end of the non-striker was caught looking at the ball, and when he realized that Fawad was halfway down the field, he looked back first starting for the flight, but then sent his partner back.
The indecision and lack of communication between the two caused Sri Lanka to make a simple run-out at the end of the striker.
Watch: Babar Azam and Fawad Alam’s Terrible Mix-up
NO Fawad Alam NO pic.twitter.com/t3mbLvGQfC
— Hac Himel (@hac_himel) July 28, 2022
Fawad had to backtrack for just 1 run of 9 deliveries in the pursuit of 508 through Pakistan.
Babar, meanwhile, put up a strong fight, but was eventually sacked by Prabath Jayasuriya for 81 as the hosts recorded a 246 point win to draw the two-game run 1-1.
Jayasuriya finished with a five wicket haul in the second innings which was among the three he claimed in Sri Lanka’s first outing with the ball.
The left spinner has continued his brilliant form since his debut against Australia, finishing the series with 17 wickets.
With the win, Sri Lanka climbed back to 3rd place on the World Test Championship points list, while Pakistan dropped to 5th place, behind India.
South Africa remains the top performers, while Australia is in second place.
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