Pakistan Needed To Play Wahab Riaz: Shahid Afridi

Pakistan Needed To Play Wahab Riaz: Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi
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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi asserted that visitors needed to play experienced Wahab Riaz against England to avoid disappointing five-wicket loss to England in Manchester.

England gained 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I bilateral series with one match remaining as they successfully chased down 196 after opener Jonny Bairstow and Tom Banton put up 65-run inside the first six powerplay overs.

Despite, Pakistan fought back when Shadab Khan dismissed the former on 44 and the latter on 20 and reduced England to 66/2 in the seventh over skipper Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan steadied the ship.

First Test, Shahid Afridi, England vs Pakistan
Shahid Afridi. Image Credit: Twitter.

Pakistan Loses Despite Mohammad Hafeez And Babar Azam’s Half Centuries

Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan staged a partnership of 112 runs for the third wicket to take England near-victory but Haris Rauf dismissed Morgan on 66. Shadab Khan dismissed Moeen Ali on one but Dawid Malan remained unbeaten on 54 as England won the game give wickets with five balls remaining.

In the first innings, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam enabled Pakistan to post a mammoth 195/4. Opener Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam registered 72 runs for the first wicket. Adil Rashid dismissed Fakhar Zaman on 36 and Babar Azam on 56 to reduce them to 112/2. Mohammad Hafeez however hammered boundaries as he played a fluent 69 to take Pakistan to 195/4 in the stipulated 20 overs.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The first match was abandoned while the third will be played on 1st September.

Wahab Riaz Is Experienced In T20I Format: Shahid Afridi

Wahab Riaz was not included in the 1st and 2nd T20I squad despite the fact that he picked up 30 wickets from 31 matches averaging 27.1 although his economy is higher 8.01 while he has picked up 115 ODI wickets from 89 matches and 83 wickets in 27 Tests.