Naseem Shah wins competition for hitting longest six

Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed and other members of the T20I team also participated

By Web Desk
April 25, 2024

The Pakistan cricket squad took part in a fun activity during a training session on Wednesday ahead of the fourth T20I of the ongoing series against New Zealand.

In a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the players took part in a competition which revolved around hitting the longest six.

Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi were among the players who took part in the activity but it was Naseem Shah who ended up as the winner after hitting the longest maximum on the last ball.

It must be noted that the five-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand is currently level at 1-1 and the winner in today’s match will have a good chance of clinching the trophy.

Pakistan had a great start in the last game while the lower order also chipped in with valuable contributions, with Irfan Khan making 30 and Shadab Khan adding 41 runs. The all-rounders' late surge elevated Pakistan's total to a competitive level of 178/4.

During the chase, Mark Chapman excelled with the bat for New Zealand, crafting an impressive unbeaten innings of 87 runs from 42 balls, embellished with nine fours and four sixes.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was among the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand, recording figures of 2 for 25 in his four overs. He was brought into the attack late in the innings and proved to be the most effective bowler.

The Black Caps will look to continue their winning momentum and take the lead in the series.

Meanwhile, the hosts are also dealing with fitness problems with Mohammad Rizwan and Irfan Khan not available for the final two T20Is.

The series is being broadcast live on Pakistan’s first sports channel Geo Super.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series schedule

April 18 — 1st T20I - No result

April 20 — 2nd T20I - Pakistan won

April 21 — 3rd T20I - New Zealand won

April 25 — 4th T20I, Lahore

April 27 — 5th T20I, Lahore