Mumtaz: Shaheen Afridi back to his best in the semi-finalThe semi-final of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) between the Lahore Qalandars and
Mumtaz: Shaheen Afridi back to his best in the semi-final
The semi-final of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) between the Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings lived up to its billing. The match was an epic one with both sides trading blows. The star of the show however was Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Afridi who had been relatively off-colour in the tournament until the semi-final.
The 20-year-old took the crucial wicket of Babar Azam for just 11 runs, who is considered one of the best batsmen in the world. He went on to scalp another two wickets in his four overs and finished with excellent figures of 3/22. His impressive form put the Karachi Kings on the back foot and put the Lahore Qalandars in a strong position for the later part of the match.
Afridi seemed to have brought back his once-famed ‘Mumtaz’ trick up his sleeve. The ‘Mumtaz’ is when Afridi trickshis fellow players by bowling a faster delivery at times, surprising the batsman and making it difficult for him to adjust. This variation was highly evident during Afridi’s spell on the night and it wreaked havoc amongst the Kings’ batting order.
Apart from the wickets, Afridi’s performance was even more impressive because he managed to bowl a full quota of four overs despite having what seemed to be a pulled abductor muscle. His athletic agility on the field and indisputable courage left the viewers with a sense of admiration.
In what can only be described as one of his better performances, Shaheen Afridi gave a great account of himself and took one match closer for the Qalandars towards the winning the title. His performance is sure to give other franchises a huge incentive to pick his services for the next season.
Mumtaz: Shaheen Afridi Back To His Best In The Semi-Final
Pakistan recently qualified for the final of the Hong Kong t20 Blitz after a closely fought semi-final match against Hong Kong Warriors. It was Shaheen Afridi whose superb bowling restricted the opposition to a modest total and eventually ensured Pakistan’s victory in the match.
Shaheen At His Best
The semi-final saw Shaheen at his best as he picked up four wickets in his four overs which included a haul of two consecutive scalps in the 16th over of the innings. The left arm pacer bowled with tremendous control and accuracy, making it difficult for the Warriors batsmen to score runs freely. He finished with figures of 4/20 from his quota of four overs.
Mumtaz’s Take On Shaheen’s Performance
Commenting on Shaheen’s performance, former Pakistani International cricketer Abdul Qadir Mumtaz said,
>“I was thoroughly impressed with Shaheen’s performance in the semi-final. He bowled really well, showing maturity beyond his years. He is proving that he is someone to watch out for in the future.”
The Road Ahead
The road ahead for Pakistan and Shaheen in the tournament will be to find a way to defeat the favorites Kowloon Cantons in the Final which is scheduled for April 10th. Mumtaz believes that if Shaheen continues to perform in the same manner, then Pakistan have a good chance of lifting the trophy.
>“I am confident that if Shaheen carries on his impressive performance in the final then Pakistan are sure to emerge as the champions of the tournament”.
Pakistan will need all the help they can get in the final of the tournament to stand a chance against the Cantons and Shaheen Afridi looks like the man to lead the way. All eyes will be on Shaheen to see if he can replicate the same performance and make it a winning start to the year.