With Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opening the batting in an ODI for the first time, there were times when both batsmen failed to communicate better while running between the wickets against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019
Manchester: Call it pressure or confusion, Pakistan fielders messed up at least two chances to run out India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma during their ICC World Cup 2019 match at Old Trafford on Sunday (June 16).
With Rohit and KL Rahul opening the batting in an ODI for the first time, there were times when both batsmen failed to communicate better while running between the wickets.
Rahul had been brought into the team as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan. However, he and Rohit struggled while calling for runs.
In one such incident in the 10th over of the match, Rohit and Rahul ended up nearly at the same end. But, luckily, the throw came to the wrong end, where both batsmen were running towards.
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Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed was furious at the striker’s end as he waited for the throw to run out Rohit, who ran back to save himself. Fakhar Zama, from the deep, had thrown the ball to the bowler’s end. This left Sarfaraz furious.
At the time, Rohit was on 32 and it Wahab Riaz was the bowler. Rahul had called for two runs but in the end the batsmen got only one.
Later, in the next over (11th), there was again confusion as the batsmen run for a quick single. This time, Shadab Khan failed to execute a direct hit as it would caught Rohit short of the crease. This time Rohit was on 38.
Earlier, Sarfaraz won the toss and chose to field first. After a cautious start, Indian openers blossomed in the middle.
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Last Updated Jun 16, 2019, 4:01 PM IST