Shoaib Akhtar picked career-best ODI bowling figures: The former Pakistani fast bowler had wrecked havoc at the National Stadium 18 years ago.
On this day in 2002, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had registered his career-best ODI bowling figures against New Zealand during the first ODI of New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi.
After the then Pakistan captain Waqar Younis won the toss and chose to bat, Pakistan had scored a competitive 275/6 in their allotted quota of 50 overs on the back of a 161-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Mohammad Yousuf (125) and Younis Khan (69).
Introduced into the attack in the 14th over, Akhtar made instant impact by sending back opposition captain Craig McMillan (8) after the latter terribly pulled a nasty short delivery aimed at his body.
Coming in to bat at No. 6, New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram (0) lasted only three deliveries against Akhtar as he looked clueless against a quick yorker from the then 26-year old player.
Continuing his streak of picking wickets, Akhtar bowled another brutal short delivery which lobbed off New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Robbie Hart’s (0) gloves only to land in his counterpart Rashid Latif’s hands.
With New Zealand losing seven wickets for less than 100 runs, it was only a matter of time before others succumbed to Akhtar’s sheer pace and accuracy. On the fourth delivery of the 22nd over, Akhtar not only bowled Andre Adams (2) but also broke the stumps to portray his stamp of authority.
Shoaib Akhtar picked career-best ODI bowling figures
Bowling his seventh over on the trot, Akhtar’s in-swinging delivery proved too much for Brooke Walker (8) as the former picked his second ODI five-wicket haul. On the last delivery of the 30th over (his ninth in a row), Akhtar uprooted Ian Butler’s (0) off-stump to pick his career-best bowling figures of 9-1-16-6.
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