Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of the bowlers from the Pakistan bowling line today. The left arm pacer was playing his first game of the event and straight away he picked up three important wickets in the match. This is the highest number of wickets taken by a Pakistani bowler in the game and series. Shaheen leaked some runs which is understandable as he was playing his first match so for him it was not easy. Also the game was against the Australians who have been in a good batting form in the series. Finch in particular is devastating for the bowling. Shaheen took out Finch, Maxwell and Short. Now all the three wicket shave their importance and the names tell us clearly. Finch has been brilliant with the bat for Australia. He is the highest runs getter in the series as well from all the three teams playing.
The very first ball Shaheen bowled was hit for a boundary and it was Finch who hit it. The Australian captain was ready to take the attack to the Pakistani bowling side. Had Finch been on the crease for some time when things would have been tough for the Pakistani bowlers. But then again after being hit for a boundary Shaheen made a splendid comeback. The next ball had an inward movement on it and Finch was not expecting it at all. He was onto his back foot trying to role the ball on the leg side. The inward movement took the ball to the inside edge of the bat and Sarfraz had the easiest of catches to take. This was done and dusted in a moment and Shaheen was jumping in the air with joy. This was a ripper from the tall fast bowler here.
Against Maxwell once again the inward movement did the trick. The ball hit the pads and the Australian hard hitting batsman was covering all his stumps. This was easy for the umpire to decide and he raised his finger and Maxwell was on his way out of the park. Short was cleaned up by Shaheen with a fast straight ball and the stumps were shattered. Shaheen was brilliant today. He was given the relatively old ball and not the new one but still he did the job for Pakistan. In his short interview with Ramiz Raja he said that it does not matter to him whether the ball is new or old. His job is to bowl well for Pakistan and make sure he gets wickets. Ramiz was thoroughly impressed with the bowling performances of this young kid. Shaheen has definitely made a name for himself in the Pakistan bowling line up. He is a qualitative talent and Pakistan bowling line up is very lucky to have him on their side.