Shaheen Shah Afridi fast bowling demolished Middlesex in T20


The Pakistan fast bowler demolished John Simpson, Steven Finn, Thilan Walallawita and Tim Murtagh’s stumps in consecutive deliveries and made headlines on Sunday all over the world.

Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets in four balls as his six-wicket haul made sure Hampshire ended their horror Vitality Blast campaign with victory over Middlesex.

Having returned a disappointing 1 for 191 in his first six outings, he celebrated an incredible 6 for 19 – Hampshire’s best ever T20 bowling figures, and the county’s second format treble in their history.

It meant Hampshire ended a six-game losing spell to win by 22 runs, although couldn’t prevent them from finishing bottom of the group stage for the first time since 2007.

Hampshire needed quick wickets in their defence of 141 for nine, and Felix Organ continued the trend of ‘spin it to win it’ as he opened the bowling with his off-spin and had 20-year-old Jack Davies lbw.

Overseas seamer Afridi claimed his maiden Ageas Bowl wicket for the county when he yorked Steve Eskinazi – who ended the group stage as the tournament’s second-leading scorer with 413 runs.

Wicketkeeper Simpson (48) helped take 17 off Stevenson in the 16th over, thanks to two huge sixes, as Middlesex required 37 from the last four overs.


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