If we say Shahid Khan Afridi is a player who can turn the table within a minutes then that’s not wrong. He is one of the players who can lead the team to the victory stand single handely and that’s what he did today in Bangladesh Premier League. Dhaka Dynamites have included Afridi in today’s match, in place of former Srilankan captain Kumar Sangakkara.
Afridi came to bowl at over number five and took a wicket in the last ball of his 1st over. He bowled four overs and took 4 wickets for 12 runs without any extras. This was his 8th four-for overall and 3rd for this year. This is the best performance in an inning, by any bowler in this season of Bangladesh Premier League. Not only this, he is now among the top wicket takers list just after his first match. Bowlers above him in the list have played more matches than him.
Due to Afridi and Narine brilliant spells, Dhaka Dynamites restricted Sylhet Sixers to 101. Not only in bowling, Afridi continued his performance in batting too. He came as an opener and provided a opening stand 59 runs to his team. He smashed 3 mighty sixes in first six balls. He carried on and hit two more sixes and one boundary in his 37 off 17 balls inning. He batted well according to the situation at the strike rate of 200+.
His opening partner Evin Lewis hit 44 runs on just 18 balls. Their (Afridi and Lewis) aggresive innings lead the team to achieve the target in just eight overs. This is the quickest run chase in the history of Bangladesh Premier League with 12.1 overs in spare. Previous record was by Rangpur Riders who achieved the target with 12 overs in spare against Khulna Titans. This was the second defeat for Sylhet Sixers and second win for Dhaka Dynamites in 5 and 3 matches respectively.
28th player-of-the-match award for Shahid Afridi in Twenty20s. Only Chris Gayle (49) has more. #BPL2017
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Fans were pleased to see him performing specially Karachi Kings fans. He played last seasons for Peshawar Zalmi and due to some issues he left Zalmi and joined Karachi Kings this year. Karachi Kings’ fans got excited to see him performing well, as their both seasons went worst. They qualified for the knock out stage but couldn’t move to the semis stage in both seasons.
Therefore, Afiridi’s this performance can boost up the morale of Karachi Kings’ fan and management. Hope to see him performing well in Pakistan Super League season 3. May he lead his team to the victory in final.