2013
07.15

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi produced a brilliant performance with both bat and ball to lead his team to a thumping 126-run victory over West Indies in their first one-day international on Sunday.

Afridi blasted 76 off 55 balls to help the visitors recover from a disastrous start to reach 224 for nine from their 50 overs.

Then he took seven wickets for just 12 runs – the second-best figures ever recorded by any player in a ODI – as Pakistan skittled the home team for 98 at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

“Wow, wow, wow, wow, what a pitch it was for me to bowl,” Afridi said at the post-match presentation. “I just kept it simple, and it worked.”

Afridi’s incredible all-round display enabled Pakistan to cruise to an easy win after an awful start on a difficult pitch.

The visitors crumbled to 47-5 as Jason Holder (4-13) ripped through the top-order with four wickets in a devastating opening spell.

With Misbah-ul-Haq content to knuckle down and play the anchorman role, Afridi unleashed on the West Indian bowlers, smashing six fours and five sixes to reach his 35th one-day half-century from 35 deliveries before holing out to midwicket.

“It was not easy to survive so I tried to stay positive,” Afridi said.

“Whenever I got the ball in my zone I went for it. I knew Misbah was at the other end. I knew he would stay till the end, it gave me the confidence to go after it…”

bdnews24.com

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