Former Pakistan great cricketer Shahid Afridi has heaped praise on Haider Ali who scored an outstanding half-century in his debut T20I match against England.
In the third T20I match against the host England, Pakistan lost the early wickets of opener Fakhar Zaman and the lynchpin, Babar Azam, for 32 runs but Haider Ali took the innings forward for them. The youngster set up a 100 runs partnership with the experienced player Mohammad Hafeez.
The debutant lost his wicket after scoring 54 off 33 balls, striking five boundaries and two sixes. His gritty innings led Pakistan to set up a match-winning target of 190 runs.
Haider Ali Is The Star In Making For Pakistan: Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi, who has represented Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is, congratulated for having a fantastic and fearless start of his career. Besides, he also praised the two seasoned players Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz.
Taking to Twitter he wrote, “Great to see Pakistan end a tough tour on a high! Two great innings by @MHafeez22 and @WahabViki once again proved his T20 worth. Congratulations to Haider Ali for a fantastic and fearless start. He is a star in the making Inshallah.”
Great to see Pakistan end a tough tour on a high! Two great innings by @MHafeez22 and @WahabViki once again proved his T20 worth. Congratulations to Haider Ali for a fantastic and fearless start. He is a star in the making Inshallah
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 2, 2020
The allrounder Hafeez smashed 86 off 52 balls, striking four boundaries and six maximums while Riaz ran through England’s batting line up. The pacer picked up two wickets in his four-over quota.
Eventually, Pakistan won the third T20I match and leveled the series. England had won the second T20I match while the opener match was washed out because of rain.
Before the T20I series, Pakistan had lost the three-match Test series against England by 1-0 though they fought hard. In the first Test match, the visitors had set a mammoth target but they failed to defend it. They were on the verge of victory but Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler demolished Pakistan’s bowling attack. The next two Test matches ended in a draw because of the rain.
Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi is set to play the inauguration edition of the Lankan Premier League (LPL).