City of lights? Pakistan trolled for power failure during cricket's return to Karachi

Indian Express

Indian Express

Author 2019-10-01 22:52:39

Indian Express 1 Oct 2019 20:22 PM

One of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice as a power failure at the National Stadium disrupted play for 26 minutes during Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI.

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As Pakistan marked the return of ODI cricket in Karachi after 10 years, play was interrupted multiple times during the course of the match due to floodlight failure at the National Stadium.

This is the first time since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan bus in Lahore that the side returned to Pakistan to play a two-week tour. Ten of Sri Lanka’s best players, however, pulled out of the three-match ODI series and three T20s in Pakistan due to security concerns.

While Zimbabwe played in Lahore on their 2015 tour, Karachi had to wait for 10 years to see International cricket action. The wait got extended further by a few days as the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka got washed out.

It was, however, not a smooth 2nd ODI as one of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice, resulting to the play being disrupted for 26 minutes during the visitors’ run-chase. On social media, the Pakistan Cricket Board had to face criticism for the lack of preparation with fans claiming Shehan Jayasuriya (96) was denied century due to the interruption.

Here are some of the reactions:

Babar Azam formed the backbone of Pakistan’s strong total of 305/7 as he smashed 115 off 105 balls. The hosts won the match by 67 runs.

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