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Shaheen becomes youngest player to claim five-wicket haul in a World Cup

The teenager bags an incredible six wickets against Bangladesh. Photo: Cricket World Cup Twitter 

LONDON: On Friday, Pakistan’s teen-age pace sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi became the youngest ever player to take five wickets in a World Cup match.

He’s also the first ever teenager to do so in cricket’s pinnacle.

Shaheen, aged 19 years and 90 days, got wickets of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mehmudullah, Mustafizur and Mohammad Saifuddin to finish with figures of 6 for 35 from 9.1 overs in Pakistan’s World Cup game against Bangladesh at Lord’s.

Shaheen surpassed Kenya’s Collins Obuya, who in 2003 World Cup had got 5 wickets against Sri Lanka at the age of 21 years 212 days.

He has now 15 World Cup wickets as a teenager, which is the most World Cup wickets by any at this stage, surpassing his countryman Abdul Razzaq who had taken 13 wickets as teenager in 1999 World Cup.