However, that celebration came back to bite the pacer during the second ODI between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Bulawyo on Monday.
The Pakistan pacer picked up three wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 194 runs. Having dismissed Zimbabwe batsman Ryan Murray by uprooting his stumps, Hasan Ali bent down to bring out his trademark celebration but then had to stop mid-way after experiencing a muscle-pull in his neck.
Although unfortunate for the bowler, the hilarious incident even brought out chuckles from skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Hasan Ali did go on to complete the over and returned to bowl further despite his visible pain.
On social media, fans were even less forgiving with the Pakistan man being trolled for injuring himself in the process.
Crocked neck/shoulder but celebration to banti hai 😏 don't need more injuries Hassan Ali #ZimvPak— Farrukh Aziz (@iamfarrukh) July 16, 2018
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later clarified that the pacer’s injury is not too serious and that he will be available to play the third ODI which takes place on Wednesday at the Queen’s Sports Club.
Pakistan currently lead the five-match series by 2-0 after two thumping wins so far over the hosts. They won the first ODI by a whopping margin of 201 runs before completing a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the second match on Monday.
England opener Jason Roy may miss a one-day international series decider against India that Mark Wood views as perfect preparation for next summer’s World Cup.
Roy, England’s second-highest run scorer in the series, sustained a deep cut to the little finger on his right hand when fielding at Lord’s on Saturday and will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the third and final match at Headingley.
Kent’s Sam Billings has been called up as cover but it is Hampshire’s James Vince, whose last 50-over appearance for his country came in October 2016, who is expected to feature should Roy miss out.
Vince, dropped from the Test team at the start of the summer, scored over 500 runs in Hampshire’s victorious Royal London One Day Cup campaign this summer and may have the chance to add to his previous four ODI innings due to Alex Hales’ injury and Dawid Malan’s involvement with England Lions.
India are seeking their 10th consecutive bilateral ODI series success but Wood knows a victory in Leeds for England would stand them in good stead for next summer’s World Cup on home soil.
“I think this has an impact for the World Cup,” Wood said. “We can use it as a game where it might be (like) a semi-final or a knock-out game. It’s a series decider here, which will be like a World Cup match – it’s a must-win.
“Luckily, over the past year we’ve managed these situations really well. Hopefully we can carry on that trend.”
The teams first and second in the ICC ODI rankings have each suffered a crushing defeat so far in this series – with England bouncing back at Lord’s after an eight-wicket loss at Trent Bridge – and Wood attributes that to the respective nations’ killer instinct.
“It’s two very good sides – when they’re on top, they really are on top, you keep your foot on the throat and don’t let opposition up,” he added.
India could be boosted by the return of bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The 28-year-old practised in the nets on Monday and, like Roy, is due to undergo a late fitness test.
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9.39pm: Sri Lanka trio banned for six games after St Lucia walk-off
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have each been suspended for six international matches for “conduct which is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
The men have each been handed eight suspension points, meaning they will miss the first four One-Day Internationals against South Africa, along with both Test matches.
The bans come after the trio pleaded guilty to an International Cricket Council charge following last month’s Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.
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Fakhar Zaman registered his second ODI ton to lead Pakistan’s excellent chase. Read more on the game panned out in our talking points from the clash.
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England skipper Eoin Morgan has been speaking on the eve of the deciding ODI against India which will be held at Headingley on Tuesday. Morgan believes edging a quality side like India in a series decider will be highly ‘significant’ for the England team in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup.
Read the England captain’s full quotes ahead of the game here.
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Pakistan Test opener Azhar Ali has been eyeing a deal in the County Championship ever since his side toured England for a two-match series in May this year. The Pakistan man’s wish has been fulfilled now after he signed a seven-match deal with Somerset to replace the injured Matt Renshaw.
Read more on this breaking story here.
2:45pm – Zimbabwe bowled out for 194 in second ODI against Pakistan
Pakistan pacers were on song at Bulawyo in the second ODI against Zimbabwe. Usman Khan and Hasan snared four wickets apiece as the hosts were bowled out for just 194 runs after electing to bat first. Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza was the top-scorer for his side with a knock of 59.
Pakistan will begin their chase of 195 shortly. Say updated with the latest ball-by-ball updates from their chase by clicking here.
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Read more about this latest development in our full story here.
1:00pm – All to play for in final ODI between England and India
With the three-match series currently locked at 1-1, all eyes will be on Headingley when England and India meet in the deciding ODI on Tuesday. The visitors claimed a superb eight-wicket win in the first ODI at Trent Bridge before the hosts came roaring back at Lord’s with a 86-run victory.
Virat Kohli’s consecutive dismissals to spin in among the talking points ahead of this decider. Read the other talking points in detail here.
12:00pm – Vancouver Knights capture Global T20 Canada title
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Read the statement issued by New Zealand cricket with regards to the 67-year-old’s diagnosis here.
11:00am – Zimbabwe bat first in second ODI against Pakistan
At Bulwayo, Zimbabwe and Pakistan are ready to go head-to-head in the second clash of the five-match ODI series. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men lead 1-0 after their comprehensive 201-run win in the first ODI.
Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and elected to bat first. Both teams have named unchanged squads from the first ODI. Do not miss any of the action from Bulawyo by following our live ball-by-ball updates link.