The second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand was a great day for the hosts, as they romped to a six-wicket win over the visitors to level the series 1-1. After restricting their opponents for a mere 209, Pakistan chased down the target with ease.
Though, there were a number of talking points during their chase. Azhar Ali's injury, Fakhar Zaman's stunning knock were a couple of the highlights, but beating them all was the funny dismissal of Shoaib Malik.
His dismissal took place in the 33rd over. A good length ball by Lockie Ferguson was ferociously pulled by Malik, and it looked certain to go for a boundary. But rather than heading to the boundary line, the ball hit the shoulder of Henry Nicholls, who was standing at short leg, and looped up in the air. Ish Sodhi reacted quickly, and completed a catch, much to the shock and laughter of Malik and other fielders.
Malik's dismissal wasn't the only talking point during Pakistan's batting. Prior to this freak incident, opener Imam Ul Haq was retired hurt after a ferocious bouncer by Ferguson. In the first ball of the 13th over, Ferguson bowled a brilliant bouncer, which went onto to hit the grill of Imam's helmet. The batsman was clearly rattled, and after a few seconds standing, lied down on the ground. After the medical staff checked on him, he was deemed not fit to continue, and was taken off the field.
Luckily for Pakistan and the batsman himself, the injury wasn't serious. His teammate Shoaib Malik took to Twitter after the match and informed that Imam Ul Haq was fine.