The Asia Cup 2023 match between Pakistan and Bangladesh witnessed a temporary halt on Wednesday when a floodlight malfunctioned at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. The incident occurred after the fifth over of Pakistan’s innings while they were in pursuit of a 194-run target.
When one of the floodlights ceased to function, players left the field, and fans illuminated the stands with the torches on their mobile phones. Pakistan’s players took refuge in the dugout, while the Bangladesh team retreated to the dressing room. On-field umpires and ground staff convened to address the technical issue.
Fortunately, the technical glitch was resolved, and play resumed after a 15-minute interruption. While such incidents have occurred in the past, fans did not miss the chance to playfully mock the Asia Cricket Council (ACC), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and Pakistan as a nation in general.
In the earlier phase of the match, Bangladesh had chosen to bat first but was dismissed for 193 in 38.4 overs. Haris Rauf emerged as the top performer for Pakistan, claiming four wickets for just 19 runs in six overs, while Naseem Shah secured 3/34 in 5.4 overs. Remarkably, Pakistan had successfully dismissed their opposition in each of the three matches they had played in the Asia Cup 2023.
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In the match, Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, contributed 53 runs off 57 balls, while Mushfiqur Rahim scored 64 runs off 87 balls, with both players achieving half-centuries in the inaugural Super Fours match.
The floodlight interruption, albeit a brief one, added an unexpected twist to the game and offered fans some light-hearted moments to cherish during this cricketing encounter.
Flood light failure in Lahore pic.twitter.com/X9bCh8fGgX
— Desi Bhayo (@desi_bhayo88) September 6, 2023
— Sultan Khan (@MainHoonSultan7) September 6, 2023
Aray bhai aik floodlight failure pe itna tamasha? Kya pehli baar huwa hay? Happened in Guwahati during the South Africa T20I series last year. Point scoring choro yaar! Adhs ghanta match rukna is still better than an India vs Pakistan washout. Agay barho ✋ #AsiaCup2023 pic.twitter.com/uTEC5Jt9LF
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) September 6, 2023
– Less Crowd
– Floodlight failure
– No digital board
– Poor facilities
— Ash (@Ashsay_) September 6, 2023
— Sir BoiesX 🕯 (@BoiesX45) September 6, 2023
— Zindah Qoum🌠 (@0No_time_to_die) September 6, 2023
— Danyal Rasool (@Danny61000) September 6, 2023