PAK vs NZ: Naseem Shah achieves milestone

He is one of the best bowlers in Pakistan at the moment

By Web Desk
April 22, 2024
Naseem now has 51 wickets in Tests, 32 in ODIs and1 17 in T20I cricket. - PCB

Pakistan’s ace speedster Naseem Shah achieved a unique milestone during the third T20I against New Zealand on Sunday in Rawalpindi.

The right-armer completed 100 wickets in international cricket after bagging figures of 1-44 in three overs, which included the wicket of Tim Robinson.

Naseem now has 51 wickets in Tests, 32 in ODIs and 17 in T20I cricket.

It must be noted that New Zealand made a stunning comeback in the five-match T20I series courtesy of Mark Chapman who led the visitors to victory by seven wickets in the third match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

The series is now level at 1-1 with two matches remaining in Lahore. The matches are scheduled on April 25 and 27 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

New Zealand had a great start to the 179-run target with openers Tim Robinson (28) and Tim Seifert (21), scoring 42 runs for the first wicket.

The home side looked to stage a comeback with back-to-back dismissals by Naseem Shah and Abbas Afridi but Chapman, paired with Dean Foxcroft had their plans.

The left-hander was the aggressor in the partnership of 117 runs while Foxcroft supported him brilliantly. Chapman reached his eighth fifty in this format and finished on an unbeaten score of 87. He stroked nine fours and four sixes in his 42-ball innings

Foxcroft made 31 off 29 balls with the chase completing in the 19th over.

Earlier, the hosts started well with Saim Ayub dominating the visitors. The opening duo of Saim and Babar made 54-0. Saim was caught by James Neesham off Ish Sodhi's bowling after scoring 32 runs from 22 balls at a strike rate of 145.45.

Meanwhile, in a 62-run partnership with Irfan Khan, Shadab stroked 41 runs off 20 balls with the help of six boundaries. Irfan finished not-out on 20-ball 30, smashing three fours and a six.