Mohammad Irfan finally made his comeback to international cricket on Sunday. The left-arm pacer was picked in the playing eleven for the first T20I between Pakistan and Australia in Sydney. It was his first T20I game since March 2016 and Mohammad Irfan could not have asked for a more forgettable return.
He bowled two overs in his comeback match and conceded 31 runs including 26 in his second over. Mohammad Irfan, who recently boasted that he finished the career of former India opener Gautam Gambhir, started the proceedings with the ball for Pakistan and conceded five in his first over. But Aaron Finch started firing on all cylinders when the tall pacer came to bowl the third over and his second of the match.
He was hit for three fours and two sixes during the over as Finch completely spoiled the pacer’s party. Finch started the over by hitting a six and a four. The situation only worsened for Mohammad Irfan as the next ball was a no ball and Finch hit another four. On the resulting free-hit, Finch hit another six. The final three balls of the over went for 0, 4 and 1.
Here is a clip of that over from Mohammad Irfan:
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Meanwhile, the match ended without any result. Chasing 119 in 15 overs of the rain-affected game, the hosts raced to 41/0 in just 3.1 overs. According to DLS projections, Australia only needed to be 33/0 after the first five overs in order to win the game. However, the mandatory five overs, that were needed to ensure a result, couldn’t be bowled.
Pakistan’s innings was also hit hard by rain. The visitors were 88 for 3 after 12.4 overs when rain forced Asif Ali and a well-set Babar Azam to leave the field. The delay reduced the contest to just 15 overs per side and thus Pakistan batsmen only had 14 balls to give their bowlers a good total to defend. They eventually finished on 107 for 5.