AUS vs PAK: Watch - Shaheen Afridi Offers Prayer On The Field

Updated - 20 Oct 2023, 09:02 PM

Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi, on Friday (October 20), roared back to form with a fine five-wicket haul against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In a game where most of his teammates struggled to contain the Australian batsmen, the left-arm pacer looked class apart.

He finished the innings with impressive figures of 5 for 54 in 10 overs. It is his third five-wicket haul in the 50-over format. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh gave their team a solid start by adding 259 runs for the first wicket. Shaheen Afridi then dismissed Marsh for 121 to give his team the much-needed breakthrough. He then dismissed the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for a duck.

He then went on to dismiss Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood to help Pakistan pull things back a bit towards the end. Australia, who were looking destined to post in excess of 400 runs, eventually finished on 367 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs.

Shaheen Afridi prays on the field:

Shaheen Afridi’s name is trending on social media not only for his five-wicket haul but also for what he did after taking his fifth wicket. As soon as he dismissed Hazlewood in the final over of the innings, he decided to offer prayers on the field. It is not unusual for Pakistan players to offer prayer on the field after reaching the milestone.

However, the Pakistan pace spearhead could land in trouble for his actions in the World Cup. Recently, his teammate Mohammad Rizwan landed in legal trouble after offering prayers on the playing field during a break against the Netherlands earlier in the competition. A New Delhi-based advocate had filed a complaint with the ICC and had urged them to take action against the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Talking about the game, Pakistan have made a steady start in their pursuit of a huge score. At the time of writing this report, they were 40 for 0 in the fifth over.


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