Karachi Test: Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan jokingly consulted Steve Smith for a DRS review decision during Australia’s first innings in the 2nd Test of the 3-match series.
To take DRS or not: Rizwan, Smith in friendly banter during Karachi Test (AP Photo)
- Rizwan and Smith engaged in friendly banter in Karachi
- Pakistan was unsure whether or not to take DRS against Smith
- Smith departed for 72 in the first innings of the Karachi Test
Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan shared a light-hearted moment with Steve Smith as he engaged in friendly banter with the Australian star during the ongoing Test 2 of a historic 3-match series in Karachi.
Mohammad Rizwan consulted Steve Smith when Pakistan were tied via a DRS review against the Australian star-batter on Day 1 of Test 2. The incident occurred in the 76th over of the Indian innings when Nauman Ali’s appeal for LBW was denied by the onfield umpire.
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As the clock ran out, Rizwan approached Smith, put his hand around the Australian batter’s shoulder and apparently asked him whether or not Pakistan should take the DRS. Eventually, Pakistan didn’t take the DRS and the players laughed heartily on the field.
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The historic series, Australia’s first trip to Pakistan in 24 years, witnessed the friendship between the two groups of players. David Warner was seen interacting with the crowd at the boring draw in Rawalpindi and dancing to the tunes of the crowd at the series opener.
Notably, Smith went out for 72 in the first innings after a 150-run stand with centurion Usman Khawaja hitting 160. Pakistan came back strong with the ball after sacking Khawaja on Day 2 of the 2nd Test.
Australia went into Tea on Day 2 407/8 with Alex Carey (26) unbeaten.
Faheem Ashraf, who missed the first Test, picked up 2 wickets while Sajid Khan, the off-spinner also picked up 2 wickets.
Pakistan will be hoping for a strong racquet response even as the dry pitch in Karachi begins to ease. Pakistan’s confidence in particular will be high as openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq were upbeat in the first Test and each hit the hundreds in the 2nd inning. Imam had scored two hundred in Rawalpindi, which was also his first test for Pakistan in two years.