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Shaheen Afridi credits teamwork for victory in first T20I

Pakistan registered a 31-run win in the first fixture

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

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Star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has credited teamwork for Pakistan’s triumphing victory in the first T20I against England.

The Men-in-Green won the first fixture of the three-match series by 31 runs, courtesy of a brilliant performance in all departments of the game.

The Lahore Qalandars pacer, while speaking to Pakistan Cricket Board, said that the coaches lifted the morale of the team despite suffering a humiliating defeat in ODIs.

“We won the first T20 by showing the best teamwork,” the left-arm pacer said. “The coaches supported us in bad times and gave us confidence.  We played badly in the ODI series. It was a bad time. You always have to perform as a team to win.”

Shaheen, who was awarded the player-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling spell, praised skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan — who provided a great start which helped the team in posting a mammoth 233-run total.

 “Babar and Rizwan played magnificently,” he said. “They provided the team great platform to score beyond 200, which we did. Over bowlers bowled well considering the short boundaries [of Trent Bridge Stadium, Nottingham].

“It was important for them to use yorkers. We wanted to attack the batters and keep a positive mindset.”

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