Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar heaped praise on Pakistan opener in the limited-overs format Fakhar Zaman for his fluent knock of 82 off 86 deliveries against the Kiwis in the opening ODI on Saturday. The visitors lost the opening ODI by 51 runs under D/L method in a rain-curtailed encounter to go 0-1 down in the three-match series.
Chasing a relatively healthy target of 316 runs in their allotted 50 overs, Pakistan were left clueless in front of the New Zealand bowlers as they were reduced to 54/5 as none of the batsmen could adjust to the seaming conditions. The Rawalpindi Expressed, Shoaib Akhtar came hard at the Pakistan batsmen for failing to adjust to the seaming conditions and called their technique poor.
However, he conceded the fact that the technical flaws can be dealt with if one bat intelligently like Fakhar Zaman did today.
“Pakistan batting always going to suffer on seaming tracks because of poor technique of our batsman. But Zaman showed that even with average technique you can do wonders by managing and playing intelligently,” Akhtar was quoted as saying on his social media handle.
Meanwhile, coming back to the match, it is New Zealand who posted a healthy total of 315 courtesy a sensational century by skipper Kane Williamson and useful half-centuries by Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls.
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