Pakistan registered a 31-run win in the first fixture
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.”