Afridi lauds Shehzad for guiding Pakistan to victory over Windies in 2nd ODI

April 26th, 2011 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Gros Islet (St.Lucia), April 26(ANI): Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has lauded opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad for steering Pakistan to a seven-wicket win against the West Indies.

Shehzad hit seven fours and one six in his 102 runs off 148 balls as Pakistan successfully chased 221 for victory in the second one-day international (ODI) of the five-match series on Monday.

“Shehzad is a very talented guy and he showed that he is capable of performing. He took his time, but chasing a small total, he could afford to do that and we won the game,” the Dawn quoted Afridi, as saying.

After Pakistan chose to field, Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi shared six wickets for 102 runs in 30 overs between them as West Indies were dismissed for a modest 220 in their 50 overs.

“I think our bowlers are doing a great job, and the fielding has improved because it is a very important area for us. Our batting has shown responsibility and we hope to maintain this discipline right throughout the series,” said Afridi.

Pakistan have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after registering a comfortable eight-wicket win in the first ODI on Saturday at the same ground. Pakistan have now won their last seven ODIs against West Indies, a sequence spread over the last four years.

“We made a plan at our team meeting and our guys stuck to it, and that was good,” Afridi said.

The third and fourth ODIs will be played on April 28 and May 2 at Kensington Oval in Barbados, with the final match of the series on May 5 at the Guyana National Stadium. (ANI)

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