Salman Irshad, Pakistan’s fast bowler, had an exceptional start in the CPL 2023 match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SNP) on August 23rd. He took three wickets in just five deliveries during the opening over. Representing the reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs, the 27-year-old successfully dismissed Andre Fletcher, Corbin Bosch, and Ambati Rayudu, significantly weakening the batting lineup of SNP.
The right-arm fast bowler initiated his bowling spell by dismissing the dangerous Andre Fletcher, as the ball bounced and grazed the edge to the wicketkeeper. Following that, Irshad delivered another ball with a steep bounce, resulting in Bosch edging it to the point fielder.
In the same over, he claimed the wicket of experienced IPL player Ambati Rayudu, who attempted an aggressive shot but only managed to find the third man fielder. This remarkable three-wicket over left SNP struggling at a score of 38/4 after five overs.
Here is the video of Irshad’s remarkable opening over capturing three wickets:
Super Salman 🇵🇰 Salman Irshad takes the wickets of Ambati Rayudu, Andre Fletcher and Corbin Bosch in the same over 🤯 #CPL23 #SKNPvJT #CricketPlayedLouder #BiggestPartyInSport pic.twitter.com/eNS4sS2Kib
— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 23, 2023
In his second-to-last over, the 27-year-old cricketer took the wicket of Joshua Da Silva, concluding his performance with impressive stats of 4/27 in four overs. Salman Irshad also secured a pair of wickets in the inaugural match, contributing to the Tallawahs’ victory by 11 runs.
“I feel confident due to individuals like Imad and Amir”- Salman Irshad
Salma Irshad acknowledged the contribution of his fellow Pakistani cricketers, Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim, after being named the Player of the Match for his remarkable four-wicket performance in the Tallawahs’ second victory of the season.
During PSL 2022, the fast bowler had an exceptional performance for Peshawar Zalmi, finishing with 15 wickets, just five wickets behind the tournament’s top wicket-taker, Shaheen Afridi.
“I just bowled in the good areas. Last 3 years I’ve played a lot of T20 cricket in Pakistan, I am a T20 specialist. My confidence is high because of guys like Imad and Amir, they keep supporting me,” Irshad mentioned during the post-match presentation.
The 27-year-old holds an impressive T20 track record, amassing 54 wickets across 44 matches with an average of 25.05. This includes achieving two instances of taking four wickets in an innings. Irshad’s performance played a pivotal role in restricting SNP to 156/9 within their allotted 20 overs. This target was comfortably chased down by the Tallawahs with a lead of eight wickets and 21 balls to spare.
Captain Brandon King led the way with his second consecutive half-century, scoring 67 runs off 33 deliveries, setting a flawless beginning for the defending champions this season. The Jamaica Tallwahs are scheduled to compete against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their upcoming match on Sunday, August 27th.