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Naseem Shah dedicates his fifer to his late mother

Naseem takes five as Pakistan thump New Zealand in the first ODI

Naseem Shah Dedicates His Fifer To His Late Mother

Pakistan defeated New Zealand by six wickets after fast bowler Naseem Shah took five wickets in Karachi on Monday’s first one-day international.

The 19-year-old picked up 5-57 in his second five-wicket haul in as many ODI appearances as New Zealand, who were put into bat, managed 255-9 in 50 overs at the National Stadium.

Pakistan then cruised to victory with 11 balls remaining thanks to Fakhar Zaman (56), captain Babar Azam (66), and Mohammad Rizwan (77 unbeaten).

Naseem Shah spoke with PCB Media after the game and revealed that he was very close to his mother and had promised her that he would dedicate his awards to her while she was still alive.

According to the fast bowler, his mother was a constant source of inspiration and was always on his mind.

He went on to say that he made an effort to perform at his best in each format and that his captain and the rest of his team were completely behind him.

Naseem stated during the press conference that such performances are more joyful when they support the victorious cause.

He stated that he was working to improve his ability to perform in all formats and that he aspired to be the best bowler in the world.

His 15 wickets in four games set the world record for most wickets in four games.

Naseem is also the sixth Pakistani bowler in ODI cricket to pick up back-to-back fifers.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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