Pakistan cricket team in the circle of failure since the ODI World Cup. The team management was determined to turn things around with a big change in the Australian tour. But Pakistan is in that old form after being whitewashed in the three-match Test series. Shaheen Afridi took the field today in the first match of the five-match T20 series in search of success in New Zealand, another country on the Tasman. Even if the opponent changes, the result remains the same.
Pakistan lost to the Kiwis by 46 runs in the first T20 of the series in Auckland. However, young opener Sayem Ayyub set two records on the day of the visitors’ defeat. This left-handed batsman played for the first time on New Zealand soil.
One of Syme’s records is in fielding, the other in batting. Sayem became the first Pakistani fielder to take four catches in one match in T20 International. After that, this 21-year-old cricketer also set a record with the bat. Pakistan came to bat with the target of 227 runs given by New Zealand, where Sayem played a devastating cameo of 27 runs from 8 balls. 337.5 strike rate in this innings is in the record book.
This is the record for the highest strike rate among Pakistan’s top order batsmen for an innings of at least 25 runs. With his 337 strike rate innings, Sayem broke the record of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. Afridi scored 39 off 15 balls in the 2007 T20 World Cup opener against Bangladesh in Cape Town. Where his strike rate was 260.
Despite breaking Afridi’s record after 17 years, Sayem could not win the team. Batting first in Auckland, New Zealand scored a massive 226 runs in the fifties of Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell. Chasing the target, Pakistan was bowled out for 180 runs in 18 overs despite early hopes and Babar Azam’s fifty at the end. Second T20I of the series at Seddon Park, Hamilton on January 14.