In the recent NZ vs. PAK cricket match, an amusing incident unfolded that had Twitter users in splits. It all began when Iftikhar Ahmed, in an unexpected move, made a call regarding a run-out dismissal, only to find himself at the receiving end of an unexpected twist.
The match favored Pakistan only in the toss, as the opening partnership by New Zealand set a strong foundation during the first powerplay. Even after Devon Conway’s dismissal, Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra built an impressive partnership, becoming a thorn in Pakistan’s side by establishing the highest partnership against Pakistan in ODI World Cups. However, the real drama unfolded when the New Zealand skipper came dangerously close to being run out.
Iftikhar Ahmed bowled to Williamson, who attempted a risky single with a reverse sweep. The execution of the shot wasn’t flawless, and the ball went straight to backward point. Despite Williamson being on his knees, his partner, Ravindra, called for the run. Iftikhar fielded the ball and made an attempt to dislodge the bails, signaling confidently to his teammates that he had got the Kiwi captain out. The decision was referred to the third umpire for a run-out check. However, a delay in Iftikhar’s attempt to gather the ball and remove the bails allowed Williamson to reach the other end safely.
Iftikhar’s overly confident yet unsuccessful run-out call became the source of amusement on social media, and Twitter users had a field day with their humorous reactions to the incident.
— aman chettri (@amanchettri1) November 4, 2023
Lucky Williamson or Lazy Iftikhar pic.twitter.com/DnzZv2VWeK
— Sanam Jamali🇵🇰 (@sana_J2) November 4, 2023
— Manish🇮🇳 (@manibhaii16) November 4, 2023