Pakistan spearhead pacer Shaheen Afridi became the quickest fast bowler (in terms of matches) to take 100 ODI wickets when he dismissed Bangladesh opener Tanzid Hasan.
Pakistan and Bangladesh met on Tuesday for their World Cup 2023 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat first, but his decision backfired on a tough batting surface as Shaheen Afridi took two wickets and Haris Rauf got one scalp in the first 6 overs itself.
Afridi struck with the wicket of Tanzid Hasan in the first over itself, dismissing the left-handed Bangladeshi opener lbw for a duck. Afridi started off with a wicket-maiden over as Pakistan aimed to bounce back in the tournament.
Afridi had been on 99 ODI wickets coming into this match. This wicket of Tanzid completed his haul of 100 ODI wickets, making him the third quickest, in terms of matches, and the quickest pacer to 100 ODI scalps.
Record Alert: Shaheen Afridi becomes quickest pacer to 100 ODI wickets
Quickest pacer to reach 100 ODI wickets (by matches)
51- Shaheen Shah Afridi
52- Mitchell Starc
54- Shane Bond
54- Mustafizur Rahman
Fastest to 100 ODI wickets (by matches)
42 – Sandeep Lamichhane
44 – Rashid Khan
51 – Shaheen Afridi
52 – Mitchell Starc
53 – Saqlain Mushtaq
Before the start of the match, Shaheen had spoken about what a “big achievement” it would be for him to attain 100 ODI wickets.
Afridi had said: “Big achievement for me and for Pakistan (on being on the cusp of 100 wickets). I still remember my debut match and now I’m close to 100 wickets. I’m happy and looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan have only two wins in 6 matches, and their chances of reaching the semi-finals look slim. They could at most reach 10 points and will be depending on other results to go in their favor.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Pakistan (Playing XI): Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf