Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi on Sunday ensured victory for Hampshire after taking 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls throughout the T20 Vitality Blast match towards Middlesex in Southampton.
Based on ESPN Cricinfo, the 20-year-old is simply the seventh participant to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in a T20.
Earlier than Sunday, Afridi was having a poor season for Hampshire and was being taken to the cleaners by the batsmen. He had picked up just one wicket for his facet whereas conceding 191 runs.
However on this match, he celebrated an unbelievable 6 for 19 — Hampshire’s greatest ever T20 bowling figures, and the county’s second format hat-trick of their historical past, in accordance with the cricinfo report.
The left arm quick bowler ran via the Middlesex tail, routing the stumps of John Simpson, Steven Finn, Thilan Walallawita and Tim Murtagh one after the opposite to bulldoze the guests. Hampshire received the match by 20 runs.
In a brief video clip posted by Hampshire Cricket on Twitter, Afridi mentioned he was “really happy to finally perform well”. Commenting on the rocky begin to the season, he added that “wickets weren’t really in his hands” and that he at all times tried his greatest.
In a tweet, he added that this feat wouldn’t have been potential with out his mum or dad’s prayers. “I am grateful to everyone at [Hampshire Cricket] for the opportunity and unconditional support. A heartfelt thanks to all my fans around the world.”
Batting first, Hampshire misplaced opener James Vince cheaply on 6 off 9 balls earlier than Tom Alsop (25) and Sam Northeast (31) added 32 runs for the second wicket. Very important contributions of 25 runs from Ian Holland and 15 runs from tail-ender Ryan Stevenson propelled the staff’s rating to 141/9 in 20 overs.
In reply, Middlesex additionally bought off to a poor begin shedding two wickets inside 14 runs. Nevertheless, Simpson took cost on one finish and led the fightback for his facet. He scored a gritty 48 off 40 balls however failed to search out assist from his teammates as Afridi ran riot with the ball.
Courtesy Afridi’s gorgeous spell, Middlesex had been restricted to 121 and fell brief within the chase.