During the first ODI of three-match series between Afghanistan and West Indies in Lucknow, the Afghan wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil’s ‘brain fade’ moment saw him walking back to the pavilion after scoring his second fifty in the 50-over format.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 27th over when Afghanistan batsman Rahmat Shah hit a Roston Chase delivery on the leg-side to complete his 16th ODI half-century. Both the batsmen completed the single without any discomfort.
But, Alikhil’s eagerness to congratulate his partner saw him comically losing his wicket. While the ball was still in play, Alikhil left his crease, and the West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope made no mistake in removing the bails. Hope appealed, and umpire Paul Reiffel straight away went upstairs. Replays made it clear that Alikhil was out for a 62-ball 58.
A batting collapse followed Alikhil’s dismissal as Afghanistan scored just 194 runs in 45.2 overs after being sent in to bat first by the Windies skipper Kieron Pollard.
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The Caribbean side won the Lucknow ODI by seven wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.