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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed heaped praise on Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Amir for starring with the ball in the team’s World Cup win over New Zealand.
Afridi finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs, which also included three maiden overs, while Amir cleaned up New Zealand opener Martin Guptill on the very first ball he bowled and went on to concede 67 runs off his 10 overs.
Afridi, who had been criticised for not having much of an impact prior to the game, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Thanks to their efforts with the ball, coupled with batsman Babar Azam scoring an unbeaten 101, Pakistan handed New Zealand their first loss in this World Cup and kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.
“The way we played today [was] a great team effort and credit first goes to the bowlers in the way Amir started and [the way] Shaheen Shah Afridi also bowled well,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.