Pakistan once again redefined the quality of their pace attack with a terrific bowling spell from the team's youngest player Shaheen Afridi. The 19-year-old bowled an amazing spell of ten overs conceding just 28 runs at an economy rate of 2.80. Afridi picked up three crucial wickets that saw the top order of New Zealand crumble to the mighty pace attack of Pakistan.
Shaheen Afridi got Colin Munro, Tom Latham, and Ross Taylor out with breathtaking deliveries including the one that saw Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed dive to his side to clinch a one-handed catch that dismissed Ross Taylor in the last ball of the eighth over.
Watch the Pakistani pace attack rattle the New Zealand batting line-up here:
His figures are the third best by a teenager in the men's World Cup.
Fans pointed out that Shaheen Afridi was seen having a discussion with Pakistan's former pacer Wasim Akram, who is believed to have given valuable guidance to the youngster along with some great bowling tips, helping the bowler ace through the match.
Afridi also found himself on the congratulatory list of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Twitter. Read the tweet here:
While Shaheen Afridi picked up three wickets, the rest of the Pakistani pace battery restricted the New Zealand batsmen to a score below 250, allowing themselves to pick a comfortable six-wicket victory over the then-unbeaten side.