Debutant player of Pakistan Arshad Iqbal broke the helmet of Zimbabwe batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe in the 2nd T20I at Harare. Arshad Iqbal, who made his international debut in the second T20I between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, started off his career with a horrifying but a memorable event.
The bowler while delivering his second over in the contest, which Pakistan lost by 19 runs, almost left opposition batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe with a head injury, after a bouncer by hit the bowler broke the latter’s helmet into two pieces.
Pakistan Bowler Breaks Zimbabwe Batsman Helmet
The incident took place in the third delivery of the seventh over, when Kamunhukamwe was batting on 19 off 25 deliveries as a short delivery by Iqbal came crashing into the batsman’s helmet.
Kamunhukamwe went for the pull shot, but the speedy delivery deceived him and shattered his helmet. The white leather impacted so much that the first layer of the protective gear was thrashed onto the pitch when the ball struck the helmet.
As soon as Kamunhukamwe was hit, the Pakistan fielders ran to offer him assistance, and soon the Zimbabwe physio stormed on the field and checked the striker’s condition. A mandatory concussion test was carried out before the game resumed again.
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Despite getting hit on the head, Kamunhukamwe ended up as the highest run-getter in the match for Zimbabwe. The right-handed stroke maker scored 34 runs from 40 deliveries featuring four boundaries.
Apart from the 25-year-old, no other Zimbabwean batter was able to cross even the 20-run mark as the whole team could only manage to post 118/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
For the visitors, Mohammad Hasnain and Danish Aziz picked up two wickets each, while Faheem Ashraf, Iqbal, Haris Rauf, and Usman Qadir bagged one scalp apiece.
In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for a mere 99, losing the contest by 19 runs. Skipper Babar Azam, with 41 off 45 balls, was their highest scorer.
Luke Jongwe was the pick of the bowler for the hosts, taking as many as four wickets for 18 runs in 3.5 overs.