Shahid Afridi hosts Pakistan team for dinner after ODI series win

Pakistan won the ODI series against New Zealand on Wednesday

By Web Desk
May 04, 2023
Shahid Afridi hosts Pakistan team - author

Former Test cricketer Shahid Afridi hosted the whole Pakistan team for dinner at his home in Karachi today. 

Pakistan's squad, which is currently taking part in five-match ODI series against New Zealand in Karachi, enjoyed dinner at Afridi's house. 

Players including Shaheen Afridi, Ihsanullah, Mohammad Haris, Naseem Shah, Fakhar Zaman, and Iftikhar Ahmed alongside coaching staff members can be seen in a group picture. 

After winning the ODI series against New Zealand on Wednesday, the Pakistan team enjoyed a free day in the city. 

An overall bowling performance by Pakistan helped them bowl out New Zealand for 261 and win the third ODI by 26 runs.

Set to chase 288 runs, New Zealand kept losing wickets after regular intervals. Openers Tom Blundell and Will Young provided good start to them but their departure was followed by couple of quick wickets.

Blundell scored highest 65 runs for New Zealand. Skipper Tom Latham made 45 runs whereas Cole McConchie resisted a bit in the end but couldn't take New Zealand over the victory line. He scored 63 not out including six boundaries and two maximums.

For Pakistan, Shaheen, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Naseem Shah bagged two wickets each. Agha Salman bagged one wicket.

Left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq led Pakistan from the front amid controlled bowling by New Zealand to restrict the home side to 287-6. Imam continued his form from previous two matches and built momentum alongside skipper Babar Azam. The two batters shared the crease for an eye-catching partnership of 108 runs.

Imam was looking good to finally score a century in this series. But, he once again fell on nervous 90. His innings included seven boundaries and a six.