Ball of the Century 2.0: Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah made a candidate for the ‘Ball of the Century’ with his scintillating delivery, leaving Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis stunned.
While the late, great Shane Warne undoubtedly produced the ‘Ball of the Century’ during the 20th century, Pakistan legend Yasir Shah claims to have done the same in the 21st century, defeating Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. After his peach of a ball against on Monday.
Yasir showed his magic when he clean bowled Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis with a textbook leg-spin delivery that completely impressed the in-form right-hander.
Did Yasir Shah produce the modern day ‘Ball of the Century’?
Similar to Warne’s efforts in Manchester nearly 29 years ago, Yasir’s delivery pitched outside the leg stump and then turned sharply to the left and clipped the top of Mendis’ off-stump.
It immediately brought back memories of Warne’s magical delivery to dismiss England veteran Mike Gatting during the first Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1993, with commentators immediately drawing comparisons between the two deliveries.
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Though Warne’s flamboyant delivery would be difficult to pass, Yasir certainly went close as he delivered a delivery that is sure to be talked about for years to come.
Let us know what you think of Yasir’s delivery via ICC social media channels and how it compares to Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’.
Pakistan are touring Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series and playing the first Test at the Galle International Stadium in Galle from 16 July to 19 July. Sri Lanka scored only 222 runs after scoring 76 runs in a tight match of the former captain, Dinesh Chandimal.
The Sri Lankan bowlers, in turn, were very good for Pakistan’s batting as they dodged them and Pakistan were relegated to 112/8 until an in-form and resilient Babar Azam scored 119 to pull Pakistan to 218 took.
In the process, the Pakistani captain became the fastest Asian batsman to score 10,000 international runs, breaking Virat Kohli’s record of 232 innings by achieving the feat within 228 innings.
Dinesh Chandimal, with his unbeaten 94 with Oshando Fernando’s 64 and Kusal Mendis’ 76, was in the form of his life, a total of 337, setting a target of 341 for Pakistan on a difficult batting pitch.