Pakistan opener Imam Ul Haq suffered a major injury scare during the second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at Abu Dhabi on Friday. The young 22-year-old, batting with his team chasing a paltry 210, was hit with a ferocious bouncer, which forced him to retire hurt.
The incident took place in the first ball of the 13th over. New Zealand's Lockie 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.
While there was some gloom due to his injury, Pakistan fans had a reason to cheer as they won the second ODI by six wickets and 9.3 overs to spare. Having lost the first match, the hosts bounced back in a very strong fashion.
New Zealand, having been put into bat, were restricted to 209/9 in their 50 overs, after some stunning bowling by Shaheen Afridi, who took 4 for 38. Hasan Ali also gave him good support, with figures of 2 for 59 in nine overs.
In an easy chase, Pakistan made a very positive beginning, with both the openers getting a start. Though, in the 13th over, Imam was retired hurt, which brought in Babar Azam. He, along with Fakhar Zaman played some lovely strokes and took their team close to a win.
Despite a late fightback by the Kiwis, which saw them take 4 wickets, Pakistan strolled to a easy win to level the series 1-1.