Pak vs SL 2nd T20I: Umar Akmal dismissed for successive first-ball ducks, gets roasted by Pakistani fans

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Author 2019-10-08 04:27:51


Fresh from breaking Shahid Afridi's record for the most number of ducks in T20Is, Umar Akmal continued his abysmal return to the Pakistani national team with another golden duck on Monday. Akmal made no change to his induvial scoreline for the second consecutive time by taking the long way back to the pavilion on a golden duck. Making the most awful return on the international circuit, Akmal registered back to back golden ducks in his first two T20Is after a three-year exile from the shortest format of the game.

Umar in the process has got himself on level terms by matching an unwanted record with former Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. Both Akmal and Dilshan now share the record of bagging the most number of ducks in the T20I mix. With Akmal's failure of not marking a fruitful return, the struggling batsman faced the wrath of Pakistani fans for staging a forgettable comeback that too on home soil.

Akmal in his previous outing for the Green Army had surpassed former Pakistan captain Afridi for getting dismissed for the most number of occasions. Nicknamed Boom Boom by his fans, Afridi made eight ducks for Pakistan during his career - a record which was bettered by Akmal in Pakistan's tumping trounce at the hands of Sri Lanka.

As Akmal displayed a series of disaster class in the ongoing three-match opera, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side also continued their disappointing run in the T20 format by losing the second match along with the series. Sri Lanka, who named their B-team for the ongoing tour citing security reasons floored the hosts 2-0 by winning the penultimate clash by 35 runs in Lahore.

The Islanders had registered a record win in the series opener on Saturday and with a commanding win over the hosts in the second match, the visitors have laid the foundation of their first T20I series triumph against Pakistan in seven attempts.


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