Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi bowled his side to victory against Virender Sehwag’s team in the inaugural T10 League cricket at Sharjah.
Shahid Afridi may have finally retired from international cricket, but even at the age of 37, he manages to grab the headlines whenever he gets a chance to play cricket at any level.
On Thursday, the former Pakistan all-rounder entered his name in the record books of cricket again by becoming the first player to take a hat-trick in the inaugural T10 League at Sharjah. Afridi, who was leading Pakhtoons, dismissed South African Rilee Rossouw. Then West Indian D.J. Bravo and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag off the first three deliveries of the fifth over to achieve this feat. Former India opener Sehwag was his record victim.
Riding on Afridi’s brilliance, his team beat Sehwag-led Maratha Arabians by 25 runs. This was the second match of the tournament that is seen as a precursor to cricket’s entry into the Olympics.
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After coming in to bowl the fifth over of Arabians’ innings, Afridi first sent Rossouw home as the South African holed out to Najibullah Zadran at long-on while trying to clear the rope. He, then, bowled a quicker delivery to catch Bravo plumb in front before dismissing his old rival, Virender Sehwag, in a similar fashion.
Reduced to 46/5, it looked all over for Arabians. But English batsman Alex Hales gave them a semblance of chance by smashing 57 off 26 balls. His innings of five fours and four sixes was a definite fighting effort. In the end, the target proved too much for Arabians as they could muster only 96/7.
Earlier, batting first Afridi’s Pakhtoons had posted 121/4 in the stipulated 10 overs. Courtesy Fakhar Zaman’s 22-ball 45 and Liam Dawson’s 23-ball 44.