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Twitter Reactions: Shaheen Afridi’s opening spell leaves New Zealand in tatters at Edgbaston

Afridi's figures after the first spell read 3/11.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan have had to win their last four games in World Cup 2019 after the thrashing they got against India at Old Trafford on June 16. They did well to win against South Africa at Lord’s last Sunday and on Wednesday, they came out firing against New Zealand in their seventh game. The green shirts were at the top of their game to leave the Black Caps reeling at 46/4 to brighten the chances to pick up yet another win in the tournament.

Pakistan pacers came out hard at New Zealand after Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat in a game which was delayed by rain. Left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi was particularly impressive as he knocked out three of the Kiwis’ first four wickets after Mohammad Amir removed an out-of-form Martin Guptill.

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The movement that the 19-year-old bowler generated with the new ball was enough to outsmart the Kiwi batsmen and the pacer’s figures after his first seven overs read 3/11 with three maidens. The game at Edgbaston was only the third Afridi is playing in this World Cup and the figures were far better than his previous best of 2 for 70 against Australia registered in Taunton on June 12.

Former cricketers and experts were ecstatic with Shaheen Afridi’s performance in a game that Pakistan have to win. The three wickets that Afridi’s opening burst picked were of opener Colin Munro (12), Ross Taylor (3) and Tom Latham (1).

In 1992, Akram had floored NZ; in 2019, it’s Shaheen

It was also an eerie resemblance of Pakistan’s clash with New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup. Imran Khan’s side had taken on the Kiwis who were undefeated in the tournament at that point of time and faced a batting collapse to allow the Asians to win the match by 7 wickets. Like Afridi at Edgbaston today, another left-arm seamer Wasim Akram had demolished New Zealand in that game in Christchurch by taking 4 for 32.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the teenage bowler’s impeccable swing bowling at Edgbaston:

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