30-Year-Old Bowler Afghanistan
July 11, 2017 Shapoor Zadran News
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Zadran snatched three for 29 including two maidens in Tuesday's List A against the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's.
In good form against the West Indies during their T20I series, Zadran took a step up in their one-off against the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's. On a rainy day that saw most of the Afghanistan attack struggle, Zadran kept his composure on their first time at cricket's biggest stage and turned in one of his best performances on the List A stage, having taken four wickets but twice in his List A career.
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Fantasy AnalysisZadran picked up at least one wicket in each of Afghanistan's first five fixtures, but their finale last Friday against England was rain-delayed and subject to D/L Method, meaning he was capped at four overs. Overall, the fast bowler's best figures, 4/38, led to a 26.50 average and 5.19 economy rate for the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisZadran has the distinction of five not outs in as many matches in the World Cup, but his residence at the bottom of the order has produced a combined 17 runs in 21 deliveries. With the ball Sunday, he opened with two maidens against 27 total runs during his first five overs. He settled in thereafter, though, conceding 18 the rest of the way for top marks among Afghanistan's bowling unit. With 10 wickets taken through five fixtures, he sits in a tie for ninth-most in the tournament, while giving up 5.11 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisIf Zadran's first five overs were any indication -- 27 runs and three fours allowed with 13 dot balls -- he was on pace for an acceptable performance. However, he was unable to control his length and include much variety in the final five overs, when his pace has pummeled for 62 runs on nine boundaries. On a positive note, he stopped David Warner and Steven Smith to bring his wicket total in the World Cup to nine, which is tied for fifth in the tournament. After Wednesday's outing, Zadran is averaging 21.67 while surrendering 5.27 runs per over through four matches.
Fantasy AnalysisZadran took the new ball with Dawlat Zadran, but no wickets fell via a Shapoor delivery until the final 20 overs of Scotland's innings. Meanwhile, the 30 combined overs from Shapoor, Dawlat, and Hamid Hassan cost only 99 runs, helping to keep Afghanistan's eventual chase a manageable one. After Shapoor's amazing turn with the ball, he took the bat with his side needing 19 off 18 to pull out Afghanistan's first World Cup win, and he ended the day's proceedings with a four on the third ball of over 50. Through three games in the tournament, he's taken seven wickets for a spectacular 15.14 average and 3.93 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisZadran wasn't utilized in last month's Dubai Tri-Series, and his three appearances were wicket-free during the four-match ODI series against the UAE from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. Afghani captain Mohammad Nabi may attempt to ride Zadran's hot hand Sunday against Sri Lanka, though, as the fast bowler boasts 31 wickets taken and a 4.45 economy rate in 31 career ODIs.