Shaheen Afridi takes six wickets to end Hampshire's losing streak

Tanya Simon
September 23, 2020

Four times the bowler celebrated it fiercely.

Hampshire won the match by 20 runs, and Afridi returned with the figures of 6/19 in his four overs.

Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi made history on Sunday when he became the first Pakistan bowler to take four wickets in four consecutive deliveries in a T20 encounter.

The left-arm pacer's last worldwide assignment was against England when Pakistan toured them for three Tests and as many T20Is. He, however, failed to live up to the hype and collective expectations of spearheading the pace attack. Nobody had carried out this but in Pakistani cricket historical past. He joined Hampshire to take part in the Vitality T20 Blast tournament.

The 20-year-old clean bowled John Simpson, Steven Finn, Thilan Walallawita and Tim Murtagh in consecutive balls and ended up with figures of 6 for 19 - best ever T20 bowling performance for Hampshire.

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Batting first, Hampshire posted a below-par total of 141/9 in 20 overs.

Middlesex needed 23 off 18 balls with four wickets in hand when Shaheen Afridi was handed the 18th over. Set batsman John Simpson was at the crease with 48 runs.

The Pak speedster picked up his last four wickets through successive deliveries to finish the game for Hampshire.

Afridi, who had been rather underwhelming on national duty with Pakistan this summer, finally came good in England, as he stunned Middlesex, who went from 121-6 to 121 all-out in the decisevely devastating 18th over.

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