WATCH: Abdullah Shafique football tackles his own teammate during third Test vs Australia in Sydney

Pakistani opening batter Abdullah Shafique's Sydney Test match goes from bad to worse as the 24-year-old nearly injures his teammate with a football tackle while fielding.

Sarah Andrew
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Abdullah Shafique (Source-Twitter)

Pakistan opener Abdullah Shafique is having a disastrous Test match in Sydney. The 24-year-old scored a pair during the final game of the series to begin 2024. There was more misery for the young opener during Australia’s innings as his comedic piece of fielding nearly injured his teammate. 

Early on day three of the Sydney Test match, the home team had lost their main batters. The task of getting past the Pakistani score fell on Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh. While trying to save the ball from going to the boundary Abdullah Shafique slid and performed a football-like tackle.

In the process of doing this, the 24-year-old nearly injured his teammate. This left the commentators in splits as the two Pakistani players then resumed like nothing had happened.

Aamer Jamal’s six wickets give Pakistan the lead – 

Australia ended day two at 116/2, apart from the Abdullah Shafique error Pakistan took a crucial lead in Sydney. Mir Hamza broke the 79-run stand between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. The Australian vice-captain was out for 38 with Labuschagne falling after scoring 60.

Aamer Jamal got the biggest wicket of the morning session when he had Travis head out for 10. Mitchell Marsh continued his good form with the bat as he scored 54 before falling to Jamal in the post-tea session. It was a flurry of wickets after tea as Pat Cummins was out LBW for a first-ball duck. Nathan Lyon scored five before Saud Shakeel caught a sharp catch to dismiss the Australian spinner. The final wicket of Josh Hazlewood gave Aamer Jamal his sixth wicket to end the innings with figures of 6/69 his best in Test Cricket. 

The Sydney Test has been a great one for the youngster after having his blazing half-century in the first innings. Aamer Jamal had also picked a six-wicket haul during the debut Test match in Perth. Armed with a lead of 14 runs, Pakistan was in early trouble losing two wickets for just one run. Mitchell Starc got the ball to swing back in as Abdullah Shafique out for a duck as the batter recorded a pair. Shan Masood was out-caught by Carey off Hazlewood to leave his side in a huge spot of bother.