The first half of the opening match of 2021 T20 World Cup was nothing short of any action and drama as fans got to see some enthralling cricket in the initial 20 overs. It kicked off with some fierce pace bowling followed by some brilliant batting in the middle. It subsequently ended with a dramatic batting collapse as Papua New Guinea posted a total of 129/9 in first innings against Oman.
The tournament opener was certainly a big contest for both sides and the intensity with which their captains played on Sunday proved how much it meant to them. But it wasn’t the most pleasant meeting for the two skippers at Al Amerat Cricket Ground.
Scary moment for both skippers
It all happened when Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood came to bowl the 13th over of the innings. Sese Bau hit the ball straight past the left-arm spinner who dived towards his right in an effort to stop the single. Although the ball was somehow stopped, but not before an unfortunate collision between Zeeshan and PNG skipper Assad Vala, who was at the non-striker’s end.
The left-handed batsman came worse of the two in the collision as he fell down, presumably also twisting his ankle in the process. The PNG physios came running onto the field to look after their captain, who was fortunately fit enough to continue.
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While the two leaders were involved in this clash, it was their on-field performance which was praiseworthy. While Assad Vala scored 56 runs off 43 deliveries with the bat, his counterpart Zeeshan Maqsood registered impressive bowling figures of 4/20 in 4 overs.