Pacer Shaheen Afridi pulled off a stunning bowling performance for Nottinghamshire in the Vitality T20 Blast against Warwickshire on Friday, June 30 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. He made history by picking up four wickets in the opening over of the Warwickshire innings. He became the first bowler to take four wickets in the first over.
Batting first, Nottinghamshire put on 168 runs on the board in the first innings. In response, they got off a flying start, defending the target. Warwickshire lost four wickets for just seven runs in the first over. Shaheen Afridi started with a wide, which went for a boundary. However, he made a strong comeback to dismiss Alex Davies and Chris Benjamin in consecutive deliveries.
Alex Davies was adjudged lbw to a toe-crushing yorker. The speedster was on Hat-trick in over, but Dan Mousley negotiated the threat with a single. Soon, in the same over, Dan was also sent back to the pavilion. Shaheen followed it up with another dismissal, bowling out Ed Barnard to take four wickets in an over.
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Despite Shaheen Afridi’s initial burst, Warwickshire won the match by two wickets. They chased down 169 runs in the final over. Robert Yates smashed 65 runs, while Jacob Bethell and Jake Lintott scored played fine knocks. Warwickshire leads the North Group points table with ten wins from 13 matches.
It felt like I am playing in Pakistan: Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi expressed that they deserved to win the match against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. He added that he was happy with his performance, but would have liked to win the match. The pacer also thanked the crowd and shared that their support made him feel like he was bowling in Pakistan. Shaheen said,
“We deserved to win but they played well in the last few overs after the rain. It was the first time I took four wickets in my first over. It was good but if we would have won the game that would have been nice. Unfortunately, we lost.”
“It felt really nice the way the crowd was supporting me. When I was running in it felt like I am playing in Pakistan. I have spent a good time with my teammates, it is like a family,” he added.