Pakistani Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a spectacular spell in the vitality blast on Sunday taking 4 wickets in four bowls for Hampshire against Middlesex.
Shaheen Shah Afridi also becomes the first Pakistani bowler to take four wickets in four balls in a T20I match.
The pacer accounted for the wickets of Thilan Walallawita, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh, and John Simpson with back to back deliveries scoring the figure of 6/19. Afridi single-handedly ran riot against the Middlesex batting line-up.
Hampshire had put up 141/9 on the scoreboard in their 20 overs. Hampshire lost opener James Vince cheaply on 6 off 9 balls before Tom Alsop (25) and Sam Northeast (31) added 32 runs for the second wicket.
Ian Holland contributed 25 runs while tailender Ryan Stevenson added 15 runs in the target. In reply, Middlesex lost their wickets to Shaheen in an attempt to accelerate their chase. They were all out for 121 in the 20th over.
🙌 4⃣ IN 4⃣ FOR @iShaheenAfridi & HAMPSHIRE WIN! 🙌
— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) September 20, 2020
After the match, Shaheen Shah took to twitter and thanked his fans for supporting him.
Alhumdulillah, all praises are for Almighty Allah SWT. This hat-trick was not possible without the prayers of my parents. I am grateful to everyone at
@hantscricket family for the opportunity and unconditional support. A heartfelt thanks to all my fans around the world.
Alhumdulillah, all praises are for Almighty Allah SWT. This hat-trick was not possible without the prayers of my parents. I am grateful to everyone at @hantscricket family for the opportunity and unconditional support. A heartfelt thanks to all my fans around the world.#TheEagle pic.twitter.com/TT4baxrBo0
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) September 20, 2020
Want to become the best Test Cricketer
It is to be mentioned here that Shaheen Shah Afridi also aims to be a ‘star performer’ for Pakistan in Test cricket.
The 20-year-old bowler expressed earlier his gratitude towards Pakistan’s cricket team and told how lucky he feels to represent Pakistan at such a young age.
“My performances have been good in the last two-Test series and will look to maintain consistency on England tour. The cricketing world remembers my performances in the longer format of the game and my goal is the same.”
On an inexperienced bowling line-up, Shaheen believes that the 29-player squad has experienced bowlers and also has a big name for bowling coach Waqar Younis.
“We have Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan SR, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Abbas, and have great Waqar with us. We have been playing with this bowling attack for quite some time now,” Afridi added.