Shahid Afridi will hope to lead Pakistan to a win in what could be final international match © AFP
Shahid Afridi will hope to lead Pakistan to a win in what could be final international match © AFP

Shahid Afridi is now the highest wicket-taker in World T20s surpassing Lasith Malinga during World T20 2016 match against New Zealand at Mohali. Afridi finished with 2 for 40 in his four overs against New Zealand, in a match Pakistan lost by 22 runs. With this loss Pakistan have crashed out of the tournament. They will play Australia in a few day’s match in their last group match, but there is no guarantee that a win will enable them qualify for the semi-final. If they beat Australia, they will have to depend the results of other matches in their group to go their way. The match against Australia could be Afridi’s last match in international cricket. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Macth 23 at Mohali 

Pakistan sit at the No.2 position in their group for now, but that could all change after the result between India and Bangladesh on Wednesday. Pakistan are placed precariously in the group. They have a good net run-rate, but they do not have enough points on the board. Pakistan started off the tournament well, registering a win in their opening match against Bangladesh. But the lost their momentum after they lost to arch-rivals India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Full Updates: New Zealand vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Macth 23 at Mohali 

Player M W BBI AVE Econ SR 4W 5W
Shahid Afridi 33 39 04-Nov 22.56 6.71 20.1 2 0
SL Malinga 31 38 May-31 20.07 7.43 16.2 0 1
Saeed Ajmal 23 36 Apr-19 16.86 6.79 14.8 3 0
BAW Mendis 21 35 06-Aug 15.02 6.7 13.4 1 1
Umar Gul 24 35 05-Jun 17.25 7.3 14.1 1 1

A lot of pressure has been mounted on Afridi, who has been accused of not leading the team well by many former players. There were even talks about the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacking him at the end of the World T20 World Cup 2016. Afridi’s last Test and One-Day International (ODI) have both come against Australia. His final T20 International (T20I) too could come against the same opponent.