Pakistan cricket team suffered an embarrassing defeat by England in the seventh T20I at Lahore on Sunday to lose the hard-fought bilateral home series 4-3. After leaking 203 runs, Pakistan batters failed miserably during their run chase as the hosts fell short by 67 runs eventually.
Pakistan Cricket team, who had massive fan support in packed Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, could not rise to the occasion as the host lost not only match but also the series as it was the series decider. Infuriated with the batting display, a few spectators voiced their anger at Pakistan middle-order batter Khushdil Shah, who scored 27 runs off 25 balls by chanting 'Parchi Parchi' when the batter dragged himself off the ground.
The 27-year-old batter stitched a crucial partnership with Shan Masood in the middle but got dismissed in the 13th over failing to up his strike rate, leaving the side in a dangerous situation.
While Shah was walking off the ground, a few spectators who appeared to be Pakistan cricket fans were spotted chanting 'Parchi Parchi, ' which is used as slang in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Imam ul Haq has come out supporting the batter, urging fans to refrain from ranting at their own players and instead 'support them during tough times.'
"I would like to request our fans to avoid such rants at any player as it can badly impact the player’s health and try to support them like you always do, regardless of the results. We play for YOU; we play for PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 Stay blessed," read Imam's tweet.
Meanwhile, Dawid Malan was the star of the day as he smashed a quickfire 78 off 47 deliveries, alongside Ben Duckett (30 off 19) and Harry Brook (46 off 29) to post 209/3 in the first innings. In response, Pakistan put up a horrific show with the bat as both the quality openers - Babar Azam (4 off 4) and Md Rizwan (1 off 4), got dismissed early in the match.
Although Shan Masood held the fort for a while and added 56 runs off 43 deliveries, the lack of required support from the middle-order cost heavily to the hosts. England will travel to Pakistan in December to play three-match Test series.