“Pathetic umpiring” – Fans erupt after Sarfaraz Ahmed's controversial dismissal in 2nd PAK vs NZ Test

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed hit his consecutive third half-century against New Zealand.

Sarfaraz Ahmed played an excellent knock in the second Test against New Zealand in Karachi on Wednesday (Day 3).

The right-hander scored 78 off 109 balls, including 10 boundaries. The former Pakistan captain also shared a 150-run partnership with centurion Saud Shakeel for the fifth wicket. The duo bailed out Pakistan from 182/4.

However, Pakistan fans were disappointed with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s mode of dismissal. The majority of them believed that Sarfaraz’s feet were planted on the ground when the batter was given stumped out by the TV umpire.

Ahsan Raza, this isn't done bro! How can you take two hours to decide and not give benefit of doubt to the batter? Sarfaraz Ahmed was clearly not amused. (Gif courtesy: @grassrootscric) #PAKvNZ

The incident took place in the 100th over, bowled by Daryl Mitchell when Tom Blundell attempted the successful stumping behind the stumps.

Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:

Ye out to ni tha yaar#SarfarazAhmed
Blunder, thats the word.The front spikes were CLEARLY grounded.#NZvPAK #SarfarazAhmed
this was not out umpire Sarfaraz Ahmed 🙄
That wasn't out, Sarfaraz Ahmed is just unlucky #PAKvNZ
How is this out, man? Sarfaraz Ahmed is so unlucky 😔 #PAKvNZ
Pathetic umpiring by 3rd umpire #SarfarazAhmed dismissal...#PakvsNZ #2ndTest #Karachi
Out or not Bad luck for sarfaraz ahmed #Pakvnz #SarfarazAhmed
You gotta feel for Sarfaraz I'd never keep him on bench. This guy is giving huge stability in middle order in test for PakKing of unlucky dismissals#PakvsNZ #SarfarazAhmed

Sarfaraz Ahmed hits third half-century in a row

Sarfaraz Ahmed has continued his purple patch since making his Test comeback against New Zealand. He scored 86 and 53 in the first Test, which ended in a draw.

With a crucial 78, he has now helped Pakistan fight back in the second Test. The hosts were 332/5 after 99.3 overs, trailing by 117 runs. Saud Shakeel was unbeaten on 101, while Imam-ul-Haq contributed a vital knock of 83 runs.

Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel and Daryl Mitchell took a wicket apiece.

Earlier, New Zealand scored 449 runs in the first innings, courtesy of a century from Devon Conway (122). Tom Latham (71), Tom Blundell (51), and Matt Henry (68) scored half-centuries. It’s worth mentioning that Henry and Ajaz Patel (35) shared a 104-run stand for the 10th wicket.

Abrar Ahmed was the best bowler for Pakistan, with figures of 4/149. Naseem Shah and Agha Salman also picked up three wickets each.

Babar Azam and Co. will look to extend their lead by at least 100 runs to put the visitors under pressure in the second innings. Pakistan will be keen to avoid successive Test series defeats at home after losing to Australia (1-0) and England (3-0).

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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