Well a very interesting ODI for Pakistan as the men in green started in a very bad way as they have lost 4 of their wickets on 23 runs and were struggling to get runs on board. Misbah and Umer Akmal took little stand but Akmal also departed after scoring . It felt like match is already over and West Indies will easily take the match to their name as Pakistan first 5 wickets were down and Misbah was playing his typical slow game and was increasing pressure on the whole team. At that time Boom Boom Afridi came to bat and what an innings he had played he totally damaged what West Indies bowlers did. He really took charge and made 76 runs on 55 balls by hitting blistering 5 sixes and 6 fours.
Misbah also stayed on the wicket and made 52 runs on 121 balls and Pakistan reached 224 runs at the end of 50 overs. In bowling Pakistan were taken to a great start by M. Irfan as he took two early wickets and a superb direct throw from Misbah took Chris Gayle to pavilion. The fourth wicket partnership started to work for west indies and Afridi was introduced and boom boom Afridi took two wickets in a row. Hatrick was denied by Pollard but the magic of Afridi was on, as Afridi was unstoppable and didn’t stopped picking up wickets. Afridi blown away the West Indian batting line and bowled his best bowling spell ever as he took 7 wickets for 12 runs. Boom Boom also reached another land mark that is he completed 350 wickets.
West Indies were bowled out on 98 runs and Pakistan won the match comfortably by 126 runs. The great living legend Shahid Khan Afridi was awarded man of the match for his wonderful performance. Afridi once again proved that he can’t be ignored and much more cricket is left in him. The game can be concluded as Afridi versus WI and Afridi won the match. Hope that in next match we will see the whole team backing Afridi up.