PAK vs NZ: Shaheen Afridi becomes first bowler to achieve unique T20 feat

The 24-year-old made comeback in fifth T20I after missing the last game

By Web Desk
April 27, 2024
Shaheen Afridi celebrates wicket with Mohammad Rizwan. - PCB

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi once again bagged a wicket in the first over during the fifth T20I against New Zealand at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.

The 24-year-old shattered the stumps of Tom Blundell and took his 50th wicket in the first over of a T20 innings.

Shaheen is the first bowler to do this in this format. Behind him is India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has 43 wickets.

Most wickets in the first over in T20s

Shaheen Afridi - 50 wickets

Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 43 wickets

David Willer - 41 wickets

Mohammad Amir - 38 wickets

Sohail Tanvir - 35 wickets

It must be noted Pakistan have posted 178/5 in the final T20I of the series against New Zealand.

The Men in Green will have to defend 179-run target in order to level the series. If New Zealand chase this down, they will win the five-match series 3-1.

Playing XIs

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Usman Khan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir

New Zealand: Michael Bracewell (c), Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Zak Foulkes, Cole McConchie, James Neesham, Will O'Rourke, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi