Bengaluru: In a high-scoring encounter between Pakistan and Australia at the 2023 World Cup in Bengaluru, Shaheen Shah Afridi stood as a lone bright spot among Pakistan’s bowlers.
The Australian batsmen went on an aggressive spree, amassing a formidable total of 367 for 9 in their 50 overs. The Pakistan bowlers faced a relentless assault from the Australian batters, with David Warner capitalizing on an early reprieve.
Mitchell Marsh, celebrating his birthday, joined forces with Warner to create history, forging a record-breaking opening partnership of 259 runs in just 199 balls.
The duo smashed 18 sixes and 24 boundaries, leaving the Pakistan bowlers in disarray.
On a challenging day for the Pakistani bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s performance stood out. He clinched 5 crucial wickets while conceding just 54 runs in his 10-over spell.
Notably, Shaheen set a new record for Pakistan by becoming the first pacer from the country to achieve multiple 5-wicket hauls in a single World Cup tournament.
His previous 5-wicket haul came in 2019 against Bangladesh at Lord’s when he took 6 for 35. Shaheen Shah Afridi now joins a select list of Pakistan pacers who have achieved 5-wicket hauls in World Cup matches, including legends like Wasim Akram, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, and Mohammad Amir.
His exceptional bowling performance against Australia marked a remarkable milestone in his World Cup career.
Pakistan Fast Bowlers with 5-Wicket Hauls in World Cup Matches:
- Wasim Akram – 5 for 28 against Namibia in 2003
- Wahab Riaz – 5 for 46 against India in 2001
- Sohail Khan – 5 for 55 against India in 2015
- Mohammad Amir – 5 for 30 against Australia in 2019
- Shaheen Afridi – 6 for 35 against Bangladesh in 2019
- Shaheen Afridi – 5 for 54 against Australia in 2023