Shahid Afridi is such a heartthrob. Fans go Boom Boom whenever he comes out to play. Sometimes he does Bang Bang and sometimes he went Pooh Pooh. Today, he showed what he is being famous for. Today, Shahid Afridi ransacked Bangladesh bowling lineup with his trademark big hits, making 59 off 25 balls and pulling a nail biter finish to an exciting ODI game in the Asia Cup.
Here is an exciting collage of how Bangladeshi women fans reacted to the beating their national side got from the bat of Shahid Afridi.
Some stats courtesy CricInfo:
This was Pakistan’s highest successful run chase in ODIs, beating their previous-highest chase of 322 runs against India in Mohali in 2007. This is the first time Pakistan have successfully chased a target of 300 or more against a team other than India. Pakistan had chased such targets successfully only four times in ODIs before this.
Shahid Afridi muscled Pakistan to a win, yet again, with an 25-ball 59. His fifty in this innings came off just 18 deliveries – the second-fastest in ODIs. This is the third time Afridi has scored an ODI fifty in 18 deliveries. Sanath Jayasuirya holds the record for hitting the fastest ODI fifty – he took 17 deliveries to hit a fifty against Pakistan in 1996.
Afridi was declared the Man of the Match for his performance – his 32nd such award in ODIs. He has equalled Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis at No. 3 in the list of players to have won the most such awards in ODIs. He is four clear of the next Pakistan player in the list – Saeed Anwar, who won 28 Man-of-the-Match awards in his career.
Afridi scored his runs at a strike of 236 – the seventh-fastest fifty-plus score in a chase. The fastest fifty-plus innings in a chase also belongs to Afridi. He hit an unbeaten 18-ball 55 against Netherlands in Colombo in 2002.