Shahid Afridi reacts to rain stopping play amidst Fakhar Zaman's onslaught

The Men in Green are chasing the target of 403

By Web Desk
November 04, 2023
Afridi wants the rain to stop - AFP/ICC

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has reacted to rain which has halted play during the Pakistan vs New Zealand game in Bengaluru.

The Men in Green are chasing the target of 403 and are 160/1 in 21.3 overs courtesy of a brilliant century of Fakhar Zaman.

The left-hander is unbeaten on 106 and he has been supported brilliantly by Babar Azam, who is not out at 47, As per DLS par score after 21.3 overs is 150 so Pakistan are 10 runs ahead.

Meanwhile, Boom Boom Afridi wants the rain to stop as the batters are on the top of New Zealand bowlers.

"Rain Rain Go away, come again another day," Afridi wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

"Our players are playing well. Fakhar Zaman is in full flow and in momentum, we don’t want to lose that right now," he added.

It must be noted that the ground is equipped with subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage facilities. It takes barely a few minutes to remove rainwater with the help of a remotely controlled system. Thus, it won't have prolonged stoppage if the rain stops.

Earlier, Rachin Ravindra reached three figures off 88 balls with 14 fours and a six.

The 23-year-old left-hander had already made an unbeaten 123 in a convincing nine-wicket win against defending champions England and 116 in the five-run defeat to Australia.

Williamson, back in the team after breaking his thumb earlier in the tournament, fell for 95 after sharing a 180-run second-wicket partnership with Ravindra.

Remember, Pakistan won the toss and opted to field. Williamson, who had only recovered from knee surgery just before the tournament, featured in the match against Bangladesh in Chennai on October 13 during which he fractured his thumb and missed the subsequent games.

Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan is still unavailable for selection after suffering a concussion during the one-wicket defeat against South Africa.

Besides Williamson, New Zealand named spinner Ish Sodhi in place of injured seamer Matt Henry, Will Young made way for the skipper while Mark Chapman replaced James Neesham.

New Zealand are currently fourth in the 10-team table with eight points after their opening four wins were followed by three defeats.

Pakistan, with six points, need to win to stay in contention for a semi-final place.