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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has heaped praise on left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afrid for his superb performance against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Afridi played a crucial role in Pakistan’s six-wicket win as he finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs.
Afridi, who bowled three maiden overs, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
As a result, Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive and handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
“The way Shaheen Shah Afridi utilised the conditions, his deliveries were almost unplayable and he completely outclassed [New Zealand’s] top order with his sensational bowling display,” Qadir told The Nation.
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.