Shaheen Afridi Hails His Team After Spectacular Win In First T20I

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

17th Jul, 2021. 01:37 pm
Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi said the team needs help in case it loses [a match or a series].

Shaheen Afridi won the Player of the Match award for figures of 3 for 30 in 3.2 overs in the twenty20 series opener against England on Friday.

“Pakistan won the first T20I by showing the best teamwork,” Shah said. “The coaches supported us in bad times and gave us confidence.”

Afridi accepted that the green shirts could not play their best during the one-day international series matches. “We played badly in the ODI series,” he said. “It was a bad time.”

“You always have to perform as a team to win,” he added.

“It was a high-scoring game with a good start by the batters and put them in the position,” Afridi said in a post-match conference. “Then the pacers bowled well.”

He said given the short boundary [of Trent Bridge Stadium, Nottingham], it was important for them to use yorkers. “We wanted to attack the batters and keep a positive mindset,” he added.

On Friday, Pakistan defeated England by 31 runs to win the T20I series opener. Shadab Khan with his three wickets, a brilliant catch at the boundary, and sharp run-out followed by Shaheen Shah’s three wickets led Pakistan to defend the total.

England’s captain Eoin Morgan put Pakistan into bat first at a batting-friendly pitch. The strong duo of Rizwan and Babar put 49 in the powerplay.

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