PSL 2021: Shaheen Afridi hugs Babar Azam after taking his wicket.© Twitter
Shaheen Afridi registered three wickets to help Lahore Qalandars defeat Karachi Kings in their recent Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 fixture, on February 28. The highlight of his performance was his dismissal of international captain Babar Azam, in what many considered as a clash between Pakistan’s best bowler and batsman. Azam could only score five runs in five deliveries before being sent back to the pavilion. Lahore went on to win the match by six wickets, at the National Stadium in Karachi. Here is the video of Afridi’s dismissal of Azam:
A moment @iShaheenAfridi is unlikely to forget in a hurry as he smashes the stumps of his international captain
— ICC (@ICC) February 28, 2021
In the last ball of the third over, Azam tried to guide an incoming delivery on the leg side, but he misjudged the line and the ball rattled the stumps. Afridi, who was ecstatic, after taking the wicket, began to celebrate. But he quickly realized that it was his international captain. The fast bowler smiled and then put his arms around Azam’s shoulders.
In what was a closely-contested match, Lahore initially won the toss and elected to field. Karachi posted a strong target of 187 runs, after scoring 186 for nine in 20 overs. Lahore won the match with four balls to spare.
Fakhar Zaman put in a top show for the winning team, scoring 83 runs off 54 balls. Meanwhile, Ben Dunk slammed an unbeaten knock of 57 runs from 43 deliveries.
After the win, Lahore are second in the PSL 2021 table, with six points from four matches. Meanwhile, Karachi are third, with four points from four fixtures.
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