Shaheen, spinners restrict New Zealand to 209/9

Shaheen, spinners restrict New Zealand to 209/9

Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets for 38 runs in nine overs in the second ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand played at Abu Dhabi on Friday.

On the other hand, spinners, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez bowled economical spells for 25 and 31 runs respectively, taking one wicket each in the game. Whereas, the left-arm slow bowler, Imrad Wasim conceded 24 runs in five overs.

It was once again Kiwis’ experienced campaigner Ross Taylor who rescued a tumbling batting line from 73/4 to 209/9 courtesy of his slow and steady 84 runs inning off 120 deliveries.

Shaheen Shah Afridi initiated the damage as he removed the dangerous Colin Munro (13) earlier in the inning. The Blackcaps skipper got unlucky as he got run out off a straight drive from George Worker, which struck Afridi’s hand and hit the stumps.

Ross Taylor had a handy 77-run partnership with Henry Nicholls, where the latter fell to Hasan Ali at an individual score of 33 runs off 63 balls.

It was Taylor afterwards who kept the sinking New Zealand ship sailing and took his team to a respectable total of 209/9 at the end of their quota of 50 overs.

Hasan Ali also took two wickets in the game, but his economy was once again on a higher side, where he leaked 59 runs in 9 overs.