15 Sep ‘Gentlemen’s game’: Netizens support Zaman Khan over ‘missed’ Mankad opportunity during Sri Lanka clash
Netizens and Pakistani cricket fans have come out in support of Pakistan’s fast bowler Zaman Khan who seemingly had an opportunity for a “Mankad rule” at the non-striker’s end but opted against it.
The Super 4 stage match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Thursday saw both sides fiercely for a spot in the finals for the ongoing Asia Cup 2023.
Sri Lanka needed two off one in the last over when on the second last ball, Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana — who was at the non-striker’s end — could be seen way outside his crease, hence creating a viable mankad opportunity for the debutant Zaman.
Renowned Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle on his official X — formerly known as Twitter — account, accentuated the probable mankad opportunity and questioned Zaman’s “unawareness” with regard to the possible match-winning moment for the right-arm pacer.
“Shouldn’t Zaman Khan have been alert to the possibility of a run-out ar the bowler’s end? Pathirana was outside the crease,” Bhogle said on his X account.
Pakistani netizens — however — have come out in support of Zaman’s decision against the Mankad and staying true to the “gentlemen’s game”.
“We don’t want to win the games with these kinds of cheating,” a user said in response to the “missed” Mankad opportunity.
Umar, another social media user said: “Better lose than Mankad”
Meanwhile, another user while praising Zaman’s decision against Mankad termed the debutant’s move as “brilliant”.
“He [Zaman] knows how to play cricket gracefully,” another user said.
“Defeat over Mankad,” Abul Rafay said.
It is to be noted that tatting first, Pakistan posted 252 runs on the scoreboard thanks to Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar combining forces for their side.
During their case, Sri Lanka looked like favourites from the start with their batters playing mature and sensible innings.
Sri Lanka managed to clinch a narrow victory by two wickets effectively ending the Green Shirts’ journey in the tournament.
Sri Lanka will lock horns with India — who have not yet lost a match — in the Asia Cup 2023 final on Sunday at the R.Premadasaka Stadium in Colombo.