Shahid Afridi tells Pakistan workforce to evaluate middle-order performances after sequence win

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Former Pakistani cricket captain Shahid Khan Afridi. Photo: File

Former Pakistani cricket skipper Shahid Afridi Friday congratulated the Pakistani workforce on profitable the T20I in opposition to South Africa however emphasised the necessity to work on middle-order performances. 

In a Twitter submit,  the previous all-rounder stated: “Despite the victory, we need to review the middle-order performances where we seem to be struggling for a long time.”

He additionally instructed that since it’s the  T20 World Cup 12 months, the workforce ought to think about bringing  Shoaib Malik again.

Earlier immediately, Pakistan defeated South Africa by three wickets within the final fixture of the four-match T20I sequence on the Supersport Park in Centurion and clinched the sequence 3-1.

Pakistan, like South Africa, suffered a middle-order collapse as they went from 92-1 to 129-7.

However, Mohammad Nawaz saved his cool ultimately and was aided by some poor bowling by the hosts, permitting the vacationers to cap the tour with a 3-1 T20I sequence win to go along with the ODI triumph earlier this month.

At the start of the innings, Mohammad Rizwan went for a duck leaving Babar Azam, 24, and Fakhar Zaman, 60, to assist Pakistan keep on monitor — until they suffered the middle-order collapse.

Mohammad Hafeez went for 10, Haider Ali 3, Asif Ali 5, and Faheem Ashraf was despatched again to the pavilion for 7.

Nawaz scored 25 and ultimately, hit a six to finish the match.

Earlier, medium-pace bowler Faheem Ashraf sparked a South African collapse when he took three for 17.

The Proteas, who had been put to bat after shedding the toss, had been bowled out for 144 on what’s normally a high-scoring floor.

South Africa had reached 73 for one after the early lack of Aiden Markram when Faheem had Janneman Malan caught at mid-off for 33 within the ninth over.

Faheem adopted up with the wickets of South African captain Heinrich Klaasen and George Linde. He bowled his 4 overs in succession and didn’t concede a boundary.

Fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf took three for 40 and two for 18 respectively.

Rassie van der Dussen top-scored for South Africa with 52 off 36 balls.

In the final sport, Pakistan captain Babar Azam and batsman Mohammad Rizwan steered the Men in Green to victory.

Although South Africa set an enormous 204-run goal, Pakistan simply chased it with 9 wickets to spare and took a lead of 2-1 within the four-match sequence.

Babar Azam hit 122 runs, comprising a whopping 15 fours and 4 sixes, whereas Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 73 runs, with 5 fours and two sixes.

South Africa shall be hoping that in immediately’s sport their fielding will rise to the event as they let the guests off simply within the third T20I.