The 4th ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan concluded a little while ago. Keeping up with the precedent set during the last three games, New Zealand did not come across any major resistance while batting its way to victory.
For a moment there, when Haris Sohail ousted Williamson, Pakistani fans fancied winning the game. However, the moment Colin De Grandhomme stepped onto the field, it was obvious that the Kiwis would walk away victorious.
Colin de Grandhomme's 50 off 25 balls is the fastest 50 by any New Zealand batsman against Pakistan in ODIs. Previous: 31 balls by Jesse Ryder in 2011. #NZvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 16, 2018
To give a quick recap, De Grandhomme scored an impressive 74 runs from 40 balls, all the while blitzing magic with his bat.
While the world cheered De Grandhomme for his brilliant performance, fans on Pakistani Twitter were busy posting about these three cricketers during – and even after – the game.
Pakistan had won the toss and opted to bat first. Instead of following the conventional order, Faheem Ashraf was sent to open along with Fakhar Zaman.
At first this new change was seen with a lot of interest by Pakistani Twitter.
Faheem Ashraf to open, interesting!
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) January 16, 2018
Some went as far as to welcome this odd experiment.
I don't believe what i heared
Faheem Ashraf will open with Fakhar Zaman it is like dream come true to me
Thank you Sarfraz#nzvpak
— Ali Hasan (@AliHasa_n) January 16, 2018
However, Faheem Ashraf could not live up to the expectations and was dismissed during the third over, leaving Pakistan one man down with only 7 runs on the scoreboard.
It goes without saying that Faheem Ashraf at once became the victim of scathing tweets.
Kick out Faheem Ashraf
— Ahmad Tweets ™🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadhaseeb) January 16, 2018
While Ashraf was receiving flake, Twitter was also abuzz about the ball-hit-Shoaib-Malik-in-the-head episode.
Being a seasoned player, many had pinned a lot of hopes on Malik before the game.
— Khurram (@khurrammki) January 15, 2018
Pakistan needs a Shoaib Malik special to register a win in this series and make it 4-1 People should pray that he performs in next game because the truth is other batsmen are incapable of playing an impactful knock. Flush Fakhar, Haris, Hafeez’s knock down the gutter. #PAKvsNZ
— Syed Zargham Naqvi (@SyedZaghi) January 16, 2018
However, in came the freak accident rattling the 35 year old batsman. Ever since, Twitterati can’t stop sharing that fateful moment when Malik’s skull was hit by a ball that was intended by the fielder to hit the wicket.
— NaziM (@syed901) January 16, 2018
Yikes! Sania Mirza, take care of our brave boy!
Perhaps the only time Pakistanis truly cheered during the game today was when Mohammad Hafeez sent the ball out of the stadium, hitting a 105 meter six.
When someone asked: What can Hafeez do?
Show them this 😘 105 meter six pic.twitter.com/OWPYmWa4vO
— Zuhoor Uddin (@Zuhoor_8) January 16, 2018
— ZEE🇵🇰🏏⚽ (@IBleedGreenZ) January 16, 2018
For all the disappointment that Pakistan Cricket Team has bestowed its fans with during the New Zealand tour, Hafeez’s six for surely a moment to celebrate.
This guy’s tweet perfectly sums the love-hate relationship that Pakistani fans have with Mohammad Hafeez.
— Mohammadennis Hafeez (@DennisCricket_) January 16, 2018