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Shahid Afridi talks a bit about last night's Twenty20

  |  December 12, 2013

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 11: Shahid Afridi of Pakistan celebrate after hitting the winning runs during the first Twenty20 International match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 11:  Shahid Afridi of Pakistan celebrate after hitting the winning runs during the first Twenty20 International match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Last night was a very god night for Shahid Afridi.

Not only did he play the hero in Pakisan's (surprisingly down-to-the-last-over) three-wicket win over Sri Lanka, he became the first man to reach the dual milestones of 1,000 runs and 50 wickets in the T20 format.

Our Osman Samiuddin has a quite worthwhile read on Afridi and last night's match in general for us today, marvelling at the rare match in which Shahid took the game over with his bat.

Omsan writes:

"From the vantage point of inside the stadium, the moon over Dubai could not be seen on Wednesday night, but it can be said with some certainty that it was not blue.

It should have been, though, because Shahid Afridi won Pakistan a match with his bat.

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Afridi walked out with Pakistan wobbling at 96 for five in the 15th over, chasing 146. It would be nice to suggest he coolly picked off the runs, but it would be untrue.

A typically helter-skelter 39 from just 20 balls led Pakistan to an edgy three-wicket win. It was sealed, fittingly, with a paddled six over square leg off the first ball of the last over.

In the process, he cemented his credentials as a giant in the Twenty20 format, becoming the first man to complete the double of 1,000 runs and 50 wickets, and ended a run of three successive Pakistan losses at the ground."

 

For his part, Afridi said, "I'm giving a lot of time to my bowling, but I know how important my batting is for us."

For the rest of Shahid Afridi's comments following last night's match, catch the interview below.

And, because why not, take a listen to the post-match interviews recorded with captains Mohammad Hafeez and Dinesh Chandimal as well.