The return of Shahid Afridi in the international cricket can be rightly termed as the “return of Tarzan”. In today’s match at Providence, Guyana, he turned to gold anything he touched. West Indies bowlers took a battering from the all-rounder when he was holding the bat and their batting line-up collapsed like a house of cards when he was holding the ball.

[caption id="attachment_1850" align="alignright" width="300"]No player has done it even twice before Shahid Afridi (Photo: WICB) No player has done it even twice before Shahid Afridi (Photo: WICB)[/caption]

He set a unique record of taking a five-wicket haul and scoring half-century in a match for the third time.

Afridi played a riveting innings of 76 off 55 and then took seven wickets for 12 runs in nine overs. It was the also the second-best performance by a bowler in the ODI history.

West Indies great Vivian Richards was the first to set this unique of five wickets and a 50 in a match. He made 119 runs and took five wickets for 41 runs against New Zealand in March 1987.

Apart from Afridi, Abdur Razzaq was another Pakistan player to be in the list. In a match against India in 2000, Razzaq played an unbeaten 70-run innings and claimed five wickets for 48 runs.

No all-rounder has the privilege of getting five wickets and scoring a half-century in a match more than once. Afridi has done it for the third time!

Five wickets and half-century in a match

Viv Richardsویسٹ انڈیز West Indies1195/41New ZealandDunedinMarch 18, 1987
Kris Srikkanthبھارت India705/27New ZealandVisakhapatnamDecember 10, 1988
Mark Waughآسٹریلیا Australia575/24West IndiesMelbourneDecember 15, 1992
Lance Klusenerجنوبی افریقہ South Africa546/49Sri LankaLahoreNovember 6, 1997
Abdur Razzaqپاکستان Pakistan70*5/48IndiaHobartJanuary 21, 2000
Graeme Hickانگلستان England805/33ZimbabweHarareFebruary 20, 2000
Shahid Afridiپاکستان Pakistan615/40EnglandLahoreOctober 27, 2000
Sourav Gangulyبھارت India71*5/34ZimbabweKanpurDecember 11, 2000
Scott Styrisنیوزی لینڈ New Zealand63*6/25West IndiesPort of SpainJune 12, 2002
Ronnie Iraniانگلستان England535/26IndiaThe Oval, LondonJuly 9, 2002
Chris Gayleویسٹ انڈیز West Indies605/46AustraliaSt. George'sJune 1, 2003
Paul Collingwoodانگلستان England112*6/31BangladeshNottinghamJune 21, 2005
Sunil Dhaniramکینیڈا Canada795/32BermudaKing City, CanadaJune 29, 2008
Yuvraj Singhبھارت India50*5/31IrelandBangaloreMarch 6, 2011
Shahid Afridiپاکستان Pakistan755/35Sri LankaSharjahNovember 20, 2011
Shahid Afridiپاکستان Pakistan767/12West IndiesProvidence, GuyanaJuly 14, 2013
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