When Naseem Shaha played for Pakistan for the first time in a test match against Australia in 2019, he was just 16 years old, but he already showed enough promise to be a player to watch in the years to come.
Since then, the pacer has demonstrated that he is worthy of his talent in all three formats. In the first one-day international that took place in Karachi on Monday, Pakistan were successful in limiting New Zealand to 255-9 runs thanks to Naseem’s second five-wicket haul.
After that, Pakistan reached their target in 48.1 overs, with six wickets remaining in their possession. With this victory, the home team took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to field first at the National Stadium, got off to a flying start when their 19-year-old bowler sent New Zealand’s opener Devon Conway back to the pavilion without scoring a run in the first over of the encounter.
Naseem, who finished with a total of 5-57, came out for a second spell to derail the batting of the visitors. He was successful in doing so by claiming the wickets of Glenn Phillips (37), Michael Bracewell (43), and Henry Shipley (naught).
Naseem finished off his night by claiming the wicket of Mitchell Santner for 21 runs in the final over. Naseem had his first five-wicket haul back in August when he did it against the Netherlands.
After restoring the innings with a 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Tom Latham (42) and Daryl Mitchell (36), who scored 66 runs off 59 balls for the sixth, were both bowled by Naseem in consecutive overs. Phillips and Bracewell added 66 runs off 59 balls for the sixth.
Kane Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand cricket team, hit 26 runs before being bowled “neck and crop” by Usama Mir, a debutant leg-spinner who finished with 2-42 runs.
Bracewell struck five boundaries and a six off just 42 deliveries, while Phillips smacked a six and a boundary during his 53-ball knock. In his 27-ball innings, opener Finn Allen scored 29, including six fours and a six.