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Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz lauded left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi for his superb performance in the national team’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Sarfraz’s comments come after Afridi played a crucial role in Pakistan’s six-wicket win over New Zealand.
Afridi finished with figures of 3-28 off his 10 overs in the match at Edgbaston.
The 19-year-old, who bowled three maiden overs, dismissed Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Thanks to his efforts with the ball, Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive and handed New Zealand their first loss in the tournament.
“For me, Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled one of the best spells of his life till date as his deliveries were almost unplayable,” Sarfraz 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.