Georgetown (Guyana), July 15: Shahid Afridi made a great comeback to Pakistan ODI team as he demolished West Indies with an all-round performance in the opening match of the series here on Sunday (July 14).
Afridi first bailed the team out with a 55-ball 76 (6x4, 5x6) and later with the ball, he returned with Pakistan's best ever career figures of 7/12 in 9 overs (3 maidens). This was second best overall in ODI history (Best - Chaminda Vaas 8/19 Vs Zimbabwe in 2001). Pakistan's previous best was 7/37 by Aqib Javed Vs India in 1991.
Pakistan were tottering at 47/5 in 20.1 overs when Afridi pulled the team out of this precarious situation in the company of the lower order.
Afridi's heroics with the bat took Pakistan to 224/9 in 50 overs. In reply, West Indies were skittled out for 98 in 41 overs. Pakistan won by 126 runs to take 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.
Afridi was dropped for Pakistan's Champions Trophy campaign last month.
"I try hard and I back myself and I want to thank people back home," said Afridi.
"It's not time for me to just survive in the team, but to give a lot to the team. I tried to stay positive. Whenever I got the ball in my zone I went for it. And what a pitch it was for me to bowl on. I just kept it simple, and it worked," he added.