Usman becomes the second Pakistan bowler to take a five-wicket haul in 21-balls

Usman Khan Shinwari
Usman becomes the second Pakistan bowler after Bilal Asif to take a five-wicket haul

Pakistan with an incredible passage of successes has now the best bowling attack with some brilliant bowlers like Usman Khan Shinwari.

Playing just his second ODI, Usman Khan destroyed Sri Lanka’s top-order, striking four times in 11 balls and then completing a five-for off his 21st delivery. Since 2001, only two bowlers have completed a five-wicket haul in fewer balls.¬†Bilal Asif also did it in his second match, in 2015.

The 21 balls Shinwari, who debuted in the fourth ODI on Friday, took to record a five-wicket haul was the third fastest in ODI history. Chaminda Vaas took five wickets off just 16 balls against Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, while Timm van der Gugten, the Netherlands pacer, got there in 20 balls against Canada in 2013.

Left-arm pacer bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama with the fifth ball of the match for nought and then had Dinesh Chandimal next ball, caught behind without scoring.

In his next over Usman Khan Shinwari had skipper Upul Tharanga bowled off a nippy delivery for eight and then trapped Niroshan Dickwella leg before with the fifth to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 8-4.

Usman Khan completed his maiden five-wicket haul when he had Milinda Siriwardana (six) caught by Fakhar Zaman, his wickets coming off just 21 balls — third fastest to five wickets in an ODI.

Shinwari picked up in the national team for the first time in 2013 but largely left on the bench, responded to the selection in the first XI in style.

Undoubtedly, Pakistan has the ability to produce fast bowlers of genuine class, the skipper himself believes that Pakistan has one of the best bowling attacks in the world.

Khan, who plays for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has featured in four T20Is for Pakistan. Interestingly, he made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in 2013.