Shaheen Afridi Equals Shahid Afridi’s Unique Record In ODI Cricket World Cup

The Cricket World Cup 2023 witnessed an enthralling battle between Pakistan and Australia, a match filled with unforgettable moments and exceptional performances. While Shaheen Afridi showcased his bowling brilliance by claiming a remarkable five-wicket haul, Australia’s formidable duo, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, delivered a stunning performance, guiding their team to victory. 

In this match, Shaheen Afridi accomplished a feat that has eluded many cricketers. He became only the second Pakistan cricketer, after his father-in-law Shahid Afridi, to secure two five-wicket hauls in ODI World Cups. His exceptional bowling performance played a crucial role in Pakistan’s efforts to limit Australia’s formidable batting lineup.

Shaheen Afridi’s figures of 5 for 54 left a significant impact on the game. He was relentless in his attack on the Australian batters, showing his ability to extract wickets at crucial junctures. This achievement also earned him a special place in the annals of World Cup history, joining the elite list of cricketers who have achieved such a remarkable feat.

Australia’s pursuit of victory in this encounter was spearheaded by their dynamic opening duo, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. Both batsmen delivered extraordinary performances that set the stage for their team’s success.

Pakistan bowlers with most World Cup five-wicket hauls

2 – Shahid Afridi

2 – Shaheen Afridi

David Warner, a renowned force in limited-overs cricket, showcased his prowess by scoring a spectacular 163 runs. His century, which was his 21st in ODIs, came off just 124 balls. Warner’s aggressive yet calculated approach at the crease propelled Australia to a formidable total.

Mitchell Marsh, celebrating his 32nd birthday, gifted himself and his team with a remarkable century. His 108-ball 121 was a testament to his class and composure. The duo’s incredible partnership added a monumental 259 runs to the scoreboard, setting a new record for Australia’s highest opening partnership in ODI World Cup history.

Australia’s innings, built on the foundation laid by Warner and Marsh, concluded at a commanding total of 367-9. Impressive contributions from the middle order followed the aggressive batting display by their openers.

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However, Pakistan’s bowlers and fielders will rue missed opportunities. David Warner was dropped when he had scored just 10 runs, a costly mistake that allowed him to unleash his full potential.

The match also witnessed a fierce contest between two outstanding bowlers. Australia’s leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, countered Shaheen Afridi’s fiery spell. Zampa managed to dismantle Pakistan’s middle order with figures of 4-53, effectively turning the game in Australia’s favour.

In the end, Pakistan’s valiant efforts with the bat were not enough to secure victory. Mohammad Rizwan (46) and Saud Shakeel (30) contributed a vital partnership, but Australia’s bowlers, especially Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa, proved to be a formidable force.

Pakistan’s innings concluded at 305 in 45.3 overs, leaving both teams with two wins and as many losses in the tournament. The match was a testament to the competitive nature of the World Cup, where every performance and every wicket can turn the tide.

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