Pakistan left-arm pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi, achieved a personal milestone of taking 50 Test wickets, as he took four wickets in the first innings against Zimbabwe.
The 21-year old fast bowler achieved the feat in his 16th Test match, equaling the record of the former captain, Wasim Akram, who also took his 50th wicket at the age of 21, and in his 16th Test match.
Shaheen was ably supported by his fellow fast bowler, Hasan Ali, who has been in a rich vein of form ever since his comeback to the national team. Hasan also claimed four wickets in the first innings, taking his total Test wickets tally to 43 in just 11 Test matches.
Hasan was all praises for Shaheen after the end of play yesterday, and he believes that both of them work extremely well in tandem.
Hasan said, “I feel mine and Shaheen’s pairing is good, and we are performing well. We bowled together before, but after my comeback from injury, we are now putting in some solid performances and enjoying ourselves, and it’s always good to have a right-arm/left-arm combination.”
Shaheen and Hasan ripped apart Zimbabwe’s batting line-up, claiming four scalps each and restricting Zimbabwe to a low first innings score of 176. The Pakistani openers, Abid Ali and Imran Butt, already put up a hundred-run stand on an opening day, finishing the day on 103/0.