The Men in Green took on Prime Minister XI ahead of their three-match Test series against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra from December 6 to 9, 2023. However, the match ended in a draw, a video of Pakistan’s poor fielding was once again the center of attraction.
While the Shan Masood-led Pakistan XI put up 391/9 before declaring the inning, the PM XI also put up 367/4 at stumps on Day 3 of the four-day warm-up match. However, rain played a spoilsport on the fourth day, with the umpires drawing the match. However, in one of the videos surfacing from the match, Australian batter Matthew Renshaw scored seven runs in a bizarre incident to complete his half-century.
Watch the video of the misfielding here:
The incident occurred in the 78th over of the PM XI inning with Abrar Ahmed bowling to Matt Renshaw. On the fifth delivery of the over, the left-handed batter played a cover drive. While it neared the boundary ropes, Pakistani fielder Mir Hama saved it and by that time the batters had already completed three runs. Just when the Aussie was set to celebrate his half-century, Babar Azam made a rather bizarre fielding error.
The former Pakistan captain collected the ball at non-striker’s end and threw it towards the striker’s end in an attempt to catch the batter short of his crease. However, it all went in the favour of the Aussies as wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed failed to collect the ball, going for a boundary and ensuring seven runs to the young batter.
The visitors will take on the six-time world champions in a three-match Test series, starting December 14. While the first of the three matches will be played at the Perth Stadium, the second and third will be played at the MCG, Melbourne and SCG in Sydney from 26 December and January 3, respectively.