Naseem Shah won Player of the match for his impressive performance with the ball.
Pakistan quick bowler Naseem Shah has another five-wicket haul to win the first ODI played against New Zealand at the National Bank Cricket Arena, Karachi.
At the press conference, Naseem Shah said that this win was a reward for us based on our performance.
“We simply planned to ball according to our strength, and we did that; we executed our plan, and in the end, God helped us with this win,” said Naseem.
When asked about any of the formats, which do you prefer to focus on to ensure your longevity in the game, Naseem explained, “I enjoy playing cricket and my bowling, whether it is Test, ODI or T20 and day by day, I try to improve myself, and it’s my goal to play well in all the three-formats and perform well for my team and try to win matches for them.”
“Test cricket helps in improving your bowling skills for ODI and T20 because of the shortest format, and indeed in the pressure games like the Pakistan Super League (PSL), I also played county cricket which helped me a lot, and apart from that, I always try to improve my skills whether it is any of the formats and I try and try to be consistent in my performances,” He said.
The bowler responded, “To be honest, the pitch was terrific, credit goes to everyone who performed, whether it be Wasim or Usama Mir, Nawaz, everybody bowled wonderfully.” When questioned about the pitch’s conditions during the Test series as well as the ODI. We took advantage of the grip and swing that helped us, and our batters performed brilliantly.”
The Men in Green play first after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Naseem Shah took the first wickets for the Blackcaps, and the debutant Usama Mir took the principal wickets for Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson.
The New Zealand team scored 255 runs after losing nine wickets. In reply, Pakistan started perfectly with their three-star batters Fakhar Zaman, captain Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan, who each scored half-centuries.
Haris Sohail, who returned to the national team in the past two seasons, scored 23-ball 32 runs, including two fours and two massive sixes.
Naseem Shah won the Player of the Match award for his impressive performance with the ball. The second ODI is scheduled to be played in the National Bank Cricket Arena on the 11th of January, 2023.