The way Shaheen bowled the other night against India was amazing: Boult

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30 Oct 2021 | 10:03 AM
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The way Shaheen bowled the other night against India was amazing: Boult

Boult wants to take inspiration from that spell to help NZ pick early wickets against India on Sunday

Shaheen Shah Afridi is bowling like a dream in this World Cup and has been Pakistan's biggest force upfront to rattle India, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. The 21-year-old removed Indian opening duo of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in successive overs, which paved the way for their stunning 10-wicket win over India last Sunday. Having seen the Indian top order crumble against the Pakistani left-arm pacer, Boult has plans to do an encore when the two sides clash in a virtual knockout contest on Sunday.

"The way Shaheen bowled the other night. From a left-armer, watching on I thought it was amazing. Hopefully, from my point of view, it swings around a little bit and I can mirror what Shaheen did the other night," Boult told reporters on the eve of their clash.

It was only during the 2019 World Cup semi-final that Boult could dismiss India skipper Virat Kohli while fellow pacer Matt Henry accounted for KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to reduce India to 5/3 inside four overs while defending a modest 240. 

"India have quality batters so getting early wickets is definitely the focus for us as a bowling group. India brings a lot of challenges, quality batting lineup. We just need to be clear with our options on how to shut these guys down and obviously give them a bit bigger chase as possible."

New Zealand, too, have suffered a loss to Pakistan in their second match and both the teams would be keen to open their account. "Boys are pretty upbeat and excited to take on India. We did not enjoy a great start against Pakistan who are obviously playing some very good cricket at the moment.

"It's going to be a good challenge. Our first game in Dubai looks pretty good there and yeah, I really look forward to taking them on."

Having beaten India in the recent ICC events -- World Test Series Final 2021 and ODI World Cup semifinals in 2019 -- the Kiwis may have the edge but Boult did not agree. "I would not say we've an extra edge. Both sides are stacked with quality players. A few guys have here playing the IPL and obviously have relationships and played a lot of these Indian guys. So yeah, he's hoping we can put it all together tomorrow and get our ball rolling."

(With inputs from PTI)

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