Twitter Reactions: Ahmed Shehzad’s half century powers Pakistan to 183

Twitter Reactions: Ahmed Shehzad’s half century powers Pakistan to 183

Pakistan concluded their innings on 183/4.

Ahmed Shahzad
Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

In the final match of the historic Independence Cup in Pakistan, the visiting captain Faf du Plessis won the toss. Sticking to plans from the previous match where they won big chasing a decent total, he asked the hosts to bat first. Sarfraz Ahmed was more than happy obliging as they were anyway looking to put up a total on the board and then their bowlers can restrict World XI.

Pakistan were off to a flying start Fakhar Zaman and Shehzad both playing their shots against the opening bowlers. While it was Morne Morkel who initiated the proceedings, Faf brought in Samuel Badree at the other end. Both the bowlers failed to bowl a line that would force the Pakistanis to think and rather gave them looseners to relish on.

The first wicket finally came in the 9th over when Darren Sammy got his hand on a ball struck back towards him, it deflected back onto the stumps and Zaman was out of his crease. Despite losing his partner Shehzad kept going as he found an able partner in Babar Azam. The duo added 102 runs together and laid a solid foundation.

Babar was out two short of his half century as he was caught by Faf off Thisara Perera while Ahmed Shehzad breached past the fifty-run mark and just when he had the hundred in sight was unfortunately run out on 89. He hit eight boundaries and three sixes in his stunning knock that set them up for a winning total. Shoaib Malik gave them the finishing touches with a 7-ball 17.

They concluded the innings on 183/4. For World XI, Perera, the hero of their previous victory was the pick of the bowlers with his effort of 4-0-37-2 as no other bowler picked a wicket. World XI has a challenging total to chase but with the series on the line expect them to come hard at the Pakistani bowlers.

Here is how Twitterati reacted during the course of the innings: