On Sunday, the left-arm pacer defeated Peshawar Zalmi, scoring five runs. After Shaheen Shah Afridi’s stunning performance against Peshawar Zalmi in the current eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on February 26, former South African bowler Dale Steyn poured admiration on the Lahore Qalandars captain.
Lahore got off to the greatest possible start against Peshawar thanks to Shaheen Shah Afridi. In the second ball of his first over, captain Shaheen knocked out Mohammad Haris with a magnificent yorker. In his second over, the left-arm pacer struck once again, destroying Peshawar’s captain Babar Azam with an exquisite inswinging ball.
Dale Steyn about Shaheen Shah Afridi
Babar was forced to leave after just scoring seven runs. Steyn praised the pacer’s wrist after Shaheen’s excellent stint and encouraged future fast bowlers to observe the Pakistani pacer to learn how to quicken their delivery. He commented on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s wrist on Twitter, saying, “Shaheen’s wrist is incredible!
The bend & flick he possesses is so exceptional and a place where many young fast bowlers might try to get their additional yard of speed they are striving for.” There are a few exercises one may attempt, he said, but if they are above 25, they may already be too late.
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Shaheen Shah Afridi scored five runs throughout the game, it is important to note. Choosing to bat first, Lahore set a lofty 242-run goal before limiting Peshawar to 201 runs in 20 overs, aided by outstanding batting performances from Fakhar and Abdullah Shafique as well as a five-wicket haul from Shaheen Shah Afridi. After losing both openers in response to the large total, Saim Ayub and Tom Kohler-Cadmore made a solid connection for Peshawar.
Saim Ayub and Tom Kohler-Cadmore embarked on an outstanding 91-run partnership off only 44 balls after Babar’s departure. Cadmore scored a scorching 55 runs off only 23 balls before being removed by Haris Rauf. Saim was the next hitter to be struck out. Saim attempted to bat against Rashid Khan but was caught by Abdullah Shafique. The left-handed hitter scored 51 runs in 34 balls, which was essential.
After a 39-run partnership between Bhanuka Rajapaksa (24) and Rovman Powell (20), Peshawar was reduced to 166-5 when the Sri Lankan batter was dismissed by Zaman Khan. In the same over, Zaman struck again by bowling Powell out with a sluggish delivery. On his third over, Shaheen Shah Afridi took his third wicket. Wahab Riaz was instructed to return to the pavilion for a duck.
On his last over, the left-armer scored another wicket, tossing Saad Masood’s with a fierce ball. James Neesham (12), who attempted to challenge the pacer but was ultimately caught behind, was the last victim of Shaheen’s five-wicket haul.