The best pictures as Shahid Afridi signs off in style at Lord's

Waseem Ahmed 1/06/2018
Shahid Afridi acknowledges the crowd after his final innings.

Pakistan veteran Shahid Afridi bowed out from international cricket for one final time with Thursday’s Hurricane Relief T20I between the West Indies and the ICC World XI at Lord’s.

Afridi, who retired from international cricket last year, returned to the big stage for one final time in a T20I which sought to raise funds for the cricket stadiums in the Caribbean damaged by the spate of hurricanes last year.

The 38-year-old was chosen to lead the ICC World XI after pre-designated skipper Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the clash with a fractured finger.

Led by a 58-run innings from Evin Lewis, West Indies put up 199-4 on the board in their 20 overs after batting first at Lord’s.  Afridi chipped in with the wicket of Andre Fletcher with his leg-spin as he finished with figures of 1-34 from his four overs.

In reply, the World XI were bundled out for 127 runs inside 17 overs with pacer Kesrick Williams picking up three wickets. Afridi’s final innings in international cricket was a short-lived with the all-rounder being dismissed for just 11 runs by Ashley Nurse.

Afridi was given a guard of honour by his ICC World XI team-mates as he walked into the field for a final time. The veteran Pakistan all-rounder played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is over the course of his illustrious career.

He also donated a generous sum of £20, 000 through his Shahid Afridi Foundation towards the Hurricane Relief.

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Sarfraz Ahmed could be regretting his decision to bat first.

England were in the driving seat after day one in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.

Pakistan were bundled out for 174 in their first innings after skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first at Leeds. In reply, the hosts were batting on 106-2 when stumps were called on Friday.

Here, we look at the key talking points from an action-packed day at Headingley.

BROAD GIVES ENGLAND A ROARING START

Throughout the Lord’s Test, the difference between the English and Pakistan pacers in their lengths and lines had been one of stark contrast. While the visitors had very much pitched it up, England’s pacers likes James Anderson and Stuart Broad had veered towards the shorter side.

It seemed the hosts had very much learnt their lessons as Broad reaped the rewards of pitching it up. Broad had Pakistan opener Azhar Ali pinned lbw with a fuller delivery to give England a roaring start. Soon, he snared the other opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq with another half-volley which the left-hander could only guide into the hands of second slip.

Broad’s opening burst was just the tonic England needed after their Lord’s disappointment and it set the tone for the rest of the day.

Broad was the pick of the England pacers with three wickets.

Broad was the pick of the England pacers with three wickets.

SHADAB KHAN PERFORMS REARGUARD ACTION FOR PAKISTAN

Shadab Khan’s impact with the bat since his introduction to Test cricket has been nothing short of extraordinary. The 19-year-old leg-spinner had struck a half-century in each of Pakistan’s last two Tests wins over Ireland and England.

He followed that up with another solid showing with the bat which prevented an utter humiliation for the batting-card. After Broad’s early burst, Anderson and Chris Woakes had got among the wickets too to leave Pakistan teetering at 79-7. That is when Shadab took charge with the bat, forming a vital partnership with Mohammed Amir first followed by another one with Hasan Ali.

The youngster struck 10 boundaries in a plucky innings full of heart as he notched up his third half-century in just his sixth Test innings. His sparkling 56 off just 52 balls was the sole reason Pakistan got to 174 after their horror-start.

Shadab Khan kissed the ground after registering his half-century.

Shadab Khan kisses the ground after registering his half-century.

ENGLAND’S BATSMEN STRENGTHEN GRIP

The impressive showing from England’s pacers was backed up by their batsmen as the hosts took control of the Headingley Test. Openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings were beaten on quite a few occasions by the Pakistan pacers but they held their composure and pounced on the loose deliveries to put up a 53-run stand for the first wicket.

While Jennings was dismissed eventually by Faheem Ashraf, Cook and Joe Root did not let the initiative slip away from the hosts. Cook, playing in a record 154th consecutive Test for England, showed the steely resolve and powers of concentration which have been his forte over the years as he kept the Pakistan pacers at an arm’s length.

Though Cook was dismissed shortly before the close of play, his 46-run innings had put England in complete command at Headingley.

Cook laid a strong foundation for England with his 46.

Cook laid a strong foundation for England with his 46.

SARFRAZ AHMED MISREADS PITCH?

In the first Test at Lord’s, England skipper Joe Root’s decision to bat first on a cloudy morning had backfired massively with the hosts getting bowled out for just 184 runs on a seaming pitch.

That decision had proved to be fatal for England and at the end of the first day’s play at Headingley, the very same scenario seems to be playing out again. Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first despite swing being forecast big-time at Headingley looked like a brave gamble in the morning and come stumps, the lapse in judgment seems to have been confirmed.

Pakistan’s batsmen found the going tough as England’s pacers made the most of the overcast conditions. By the time England came on to bat, the pitch had started to ease out considerably and the hosts seem well placed to tighten their grip on the Test during day two.

Sarfraz's decision to bat first is not looking good at the moment.

Sarfraz’s decision to bat first is not looking good at the moment.

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Cook was distracted by his own team-mate while batting on day one.

Ben Stokes failed to pass a late fitness test ahead of the second Test between England and Pakistan but that wasn’t enough to keep the all-rounder out of the action.

Stokes was unable to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered in the first match at Lord’s as Sam Curran was handed an England debut at Headingley on Friday.

However, the controversial star made his presence felt nevertheless.

After Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first, England’s pacers had come to the party as the visitors were bowled out for 174 in the first-innings.

In reply, England openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings gave the hosts a solid start as they formed a 53-run stand for the first wicket.

Hilarity ensued during a Mohammed Amir over with Cook about to take guard. The England opening stalwart had to stop the pacer in the middle of his run-up after being distracted by Stokes who seemed to be fooling around near the sight-screen.

The all-rounder could be seen giggling as he was beckoned to move to another area. While no batsman likes to be distracted by movement near the sight-screen, thankfully no damage was done for Cook and England.

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