Watch: Shaheen Shah Afridi Takes Four Wickets In Four Balls Against Middlesex In The 2020 Vitality Blast
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Watch: Shaheen Shah Afridi Takes Four Wickets In Four Balls Against Middlesex In The 2020 Vitality Blast

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi [Photo-Twitter]

Shaheen Shah Afridi, the talented Pakistan fast-bowler, scripted history on Sunday, when he became only the third bowler in the history of Twenty20 cricket to take four wickets in as many balls during a Vitality Blast fixture between Hampshire and Middlesex.

Defending 142, Hampshire was up against it with Tom Helm [12] and John Simpson [48] was threatening to seal the run-chase for Middlesex courtesy their 41-run-stand for the seventh wicket.

With just 23 runs needed in 18 balls, Hampshire needed someone to conjure a bit of magic, which is exactly what Shaheen Shah Afridi as he not only broke the partnership but also proceeded to run through the tail to give Hampshire a 20-run win.

Shaheen Shah Afridi Takes Four Wickets In Four Balls Against Middlesex In The 2020 Vitality Blast
Shaheen Shah Afridi hits the timber [Photo-Twitter]
The first victim of Shaheen was John Simpson, who was clean bowled with a ball that nipped back into him sharply. Skipper Steve Finn followed suit thanks to yet another brute from the southpaw, seaming viciously from leg to off to shatter his off-stump. The third and fourth wicket in the form of Thilan Walalawitta and Tim Murtagh also saw Shaheen Shah Afridi hitting timber, a complete testification of high-quality seam bowling by the southpaw. Interestingly, Afridi’s first two wickets in Steve Esiknazi and Luke Hollman also came with him hitting the timber. The left-hander finished with figures of 6-19.

Afridi has now jointed the legendary Lasith Malinga and Afghan sensation Rashid Khan in the elite list of bowlers, who have claimed four wickets in as many deliveries in T20 cricket. Malinga achieved the feat against New Zealand [in 2019] while Rashid Khan did that against Ireland [in 2019].

 

Watch Shaheen Shah Afridi’s historic feat here-

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