Shehbaz Sharif responded to Zimbabwe President’s cryptic tweet congratulating his country on its T20 World Cups victory with a subtle dig.
Shehbaz Sharif responded to Zimbabwe President’s tweet by saying, “We may not have the real Mr Bean, but we have real cricketing spirit… and we Pakistanis have a funny habit of bouncing back:) Mr President: Congratulations. A clap emoticon accompanied your team’s great performance today.
As Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa congratulated the cricket team after their win against Pakistan on Thursday, he raised many eyebrows with his witty statement directed at the country. Congratulations to the Chevrons! Next time, send Mr Bean instead…#PakvsZim”
An embattled Emmerson poked fun at Pakistan’s comedian Asif Muhammad, a doppelganger of Mr Bean who travelled to Zimbabwe in 2016 posing as Rowan Atkinson’s original Mr Bean.
Pakistan Cricket Board posted a post on its official Twitter account showing the team’s players practising before the Zimbabwe match, to which a Twitter user, named Ngugi Chasura replied by saying, “As Zimbabweans, we won’t forgive you…you gave us that fraud Pak Bean instead of Mr Bean Rowan…we will settle the matter tomorrow, just pray the rains will keep you dry…#ZIMVSPAK.”
Pakistan cricket fans are hailing Shehbaz Sharif’s response as a “Sixer!”
In a low-scoring thriller at Perth Stadium, Zimbabwe pipped Pakistan by one run after Pakistan’s over-reliance on their opening batting pair came back to haunt them.
After a batting collapse, Pakistan’s bowlers chased down and won the match for them. Sikandar Raza took three wickets in a short period of time to dismantle the chase.
Zimbabwe were restricted to 130/8 by Pakistani bowlers earlier in the match after they unleashed hell upon their batting lineup.
The decision to play an extra pacer in Mohammad Wasim Jr worked wonders for Pakistan, as the youngster ended with his best T20I bowling figures (4/24) to restrict Zimbabwe. The team crossed the 100-run mark with the help of Sean Williams and Brad Evans.
A brilliant bowling performance by Sikandar Raza earned him the title of ‘Player of the Match’.
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