Aamer Yamin bagged four wickets off four consecutive deliveries to give Bengal Tigers a rousing start on the second day of the second edition of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The Pakistan medium pacer from Multan returned with figures of four for four in two overs to restrict Northern Warriors, made up of mostly West Indies players to 94 for seven after Bengal had posted a challenging 130 for one from their quota of 10 overs.
Thanks to his unforgettable display, Bengal Tigers got off to a flying start in the second edition of the T10 League with a 36-run win over the Warriors.
England batsman Jason Roy’s 29-ball unbeaten 60 (6 fours, 3 sixes) and his 87-run partnership with West Indian Sherfane Rutherford (47 not out, 21 balls, 4 fours, 4 sixes) had already put the Tigers (130/1) in a commanding position.
Chasing 131, the Warriors were never in the hunt as Aamer wrecked them.
He dismissed Lendl Simmons (44, 28 balls, 3 fours, 4 sixes), Rovman Powell, Ravi Bopara and Hardus Vijoen in the first four balls of the ninth over, killing the match as a contest.
“This was special — even though I have taken four wickets in a Pakistan domestic T20 match as well,” Aamer told reporters at the post-match press conference at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
In the Pakistan domestic game, I took four wickets giving away five runs. So this was the second time I have done this. This time I gave away only four runs,” he added.
“It was a domestic T20 game between Fata and Lahore Whites. I was playing for Fata. That’s a record in Pakistan Domestic T20 league. But to do it in four balls today was special. I am very happy.”
The 28-year-old Aamer, who has played four ODIs and two T20Is for Pakistan, says his variations surprised Northern Warriors on Thursday.
“It is obviously very difficult for bowlers on this wicket. Plus, it’s T10 cricket. Bowlers are always trying to save themselves from the big hitters. So it’s important to bring your variations as a bowler,” he said.
Aamer said he learned a lot just by watching his idol – Wasim Akram.
“He has always been my idol. I have learned a lot from him. Especially the yorkers,” he said.
Here’s the video of his 4 wickets:
There is something about shorter formats of the game and Aamer Yamin. In 2016, Aamer produced a stunning spell in Pakistan domestic T20 League.
Defending a small total of 118 in Multan, the medium pacer destroyed the star-studded Lahore Whites top order with four wickets for just five runs.
His victims that day were Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt and Sikandar Raza.