Another typical Shahid Afridi innings which were full of massive hitting and the crowd were on their feet whenever Afridi came into the striker’s end. Afridi and Malik were taking Pakistan to a sure short victory but then Afridi lost his stumps behind his back on 29.
Afridi’s innings was really a delight to watch. He was sensible and rational. He was not slogging each ball. He hit only those which were presented to be hit for some big ones.
The first hit was against the leg spinner Adil Rashid who gave him a nice juicy low full toss and Afridi doesn’t miss those. He smoked it just over the long on fielder for his first six. The ball went low but it had enough power to go over the head of the fielder.
Afridi’s second six was hit against off spinner Moeen Ali. This time a slog sweep did the trick for Afridi. The ball was not that much full yet he stretched his left leg and get to the pitch of the ball and picked it up into the stands at deep square leg.
The ball was going to hit the roof top but at the end fell just short. The third and final hit from Afridi was the biggest of them all. In Fact it must have been the biggest six hit in all three series played between Pakistan and England.
It was a slow off cutter from Willey and Afridi rocked onto his back foot and heaved it from the middle and into the road outside the stadium on the leg side. The ball just kept on going and going.
Apart from these three big ones, Afridi scored 11 runs in singles and doubles. He was rotating the strike with Shoaib Malik and did a fabulous job. Sorry to see him end up with the losing side.