Pakistan’s Arshad Iqbal bowls helmet-breaking bouncer in Zimbabwe’s first T20 win in 2 years

Twenty-year old Arshad Iqbal, making his international debut for Pakistan, took off the outer layer of the batsman’s helmet with a venomous bouncer in his second over against Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20I on Friday. Zimbabwe eventually defended their total of 118, bowling out Pakistan for 99 and winning a T20I for the first time against Pakistan in 16 attempts.

Zimbabwe batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s helmet was left in two pieces after the delivery struck him, with the first layer of the helmet being whipped onto the floor.

As the part of the helmet flew off, Kamunhukamwe was seen being visibly shaken. Pakistani fielders were seen going up to the batsman in concern.

The Zimbabwe physio was seen coming out to monitor the batsman’s condition, and the mandatory concussion test was carried out before play was allowed to resume.

Zimbabwe managed to post 118/9 in their 20 overs. Arshad Iqbal claimed his first international wicket a little later to finish with figures of 1/16 in his first match for Pakistan. In reply, Pakistan were all out for 99, with Babar Azam’s 41 being the highest score. Only two others reached double digits.

Pakistan collapsed from 78-3 to 99 all out.

That gave the Zimbabweans, who were defending a meager total of 118-9, a 19-run win to tie the series 1-1 and a chance in the series-decider on Sunday.

It was Zimbabwe’s first win in a T20 in two years, and first at home since 2016.

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