ISLAMABAD, 21 Sep — Pakistani pacemaker Shaheen Afridi plays in the Hampshire win over Middlesex in the Vitality Blast with a sensational game, and four wickets on as many balls.
Afridi also became the first Pakistani bowler to take four wickets in four balls in a T20 match, timesnownews.com reported.
He single-handedly rioted against the Middlesex batting line-up with an excellent 6/19 figure in his four overs.
Middlesex chased the 142-run target and came close to a win with John Simpson. However, Afridi fired loose during the eight over Middlesex’s chase and cleared four batsmen on four consecutive deliveries. He started by removing Simpson at 48 before offsetting the layoffs of Steven Finn, Thilan Walallawita and Tim Murtagh.
The 20-year-old nailed four perfect yorkers to throw the stumps of the four Middlesex batsmen and the written history. His six-wicket run is the best figure ever for any bowler for Hampshire in Vitality Blast T20.
Afridi had an inferior season for Hampshire before Sunday and was taken to batting by the batsmen. He picked just 1 wicket for his team while conceding 191 runs ahead of his six wickets on Sunday, which will give him much-needed confidence.
He was named the man of the match because of his stardom when Hampshire defeated Middlesex by 20 runs.
First bat lost starting batsman James Vince cheaply on 6 of 9 balls before Tom Alsop (25) and Sam Northeast (31) added 32 runs for the second wicket. Important contributions of 25 runs from Ian Holland and 15 runs from Ryan Stevenson, boosted the team’s score to 141/9 in 20 overs.
In response, Middlesex also started off badly with two wickets within 14 runs. However, Simpson took the lead on one side and led the fightback effort for his team. He scored a granular 48 off 40 balls, but he could not find support from his teammates as Afridi got upset with the ball.
Thanks to Afridi’s amazing magic, Middlesex were limited to 121 and did not fall short.