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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar admitted he was impressed with the way in which left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi “bowled with pace and aggression” against New Zealand on Wednesday.
In the match at Edgbaston, which Pakistan won by six wickets, Afridi finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs.
Afridi, who bowled three maiden overs, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Pakistan’s win not only kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive, but also handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
Match winning inning from Babar Azam. Brilliant display of talent by Haris Sohail. What a class act he is turning out to be.
Shaheen Afridi bowled with pace & aggression.
Pakistan Zindabad. One step closer to the dream. #PAKvNZ #CWC19
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 26, 2019
“Shaheen (Shah) Afridi bowled with pace and aggression,” Akhtar said on Twitter.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.