Karachi Dolphins played their first match yesterday in the group stage of the Faysal Bank National T20 Cup Karachi 2011 beating Islamabad Leopards comprehensively. Shahid Afridi the Dolphins’ captain stared with his batting as well as bowling giving the spectators and viewers all around the world a taste of his class.
Islamabad leopards won the toss and captain Rao Iftikhar Anjum decided to bat first but the Leopard’s batsmen could not stand the bowling attack of Karachi Dolphins, particularly leg-breaks and googlies by skipper Shahid Afridi, who took 3 for 20 in his 4 overs. Coming on to bowl as the sixth bowler, Afridi made life hell for the Leopard batsmen as they crumbled for 131 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Chasing a meager target of 132, Karachi Dolphins reached the target in 13.3 overs for the loss of only two wickets. Boom Boom Afridi opened the batting along with Shahzaib Hasan (21), blasting 58 runs off just 32 balls providing the much anticipated firework associated with his name tag. Afridi has been concentrating more on his bowling lately and was even the leading wicket taker in the Worldcup 2011 but the crowd wants to watch his batting taking down opposition bowlers with his sixes and fours. Afridi holds the record to the highest number of sixes in the world. He also is the leading wicket taker in T20 Internationals.
Boom Boom recently played another awe-inspiring inning with the bat when he scored 80 off 42 balls hitting 6 fours and 5 sixes as he tore through the Somerset bowling attack. Afridi was opening the batting along with J Adams for Hampshire in this August 27 encounter.
Afridi has played in 325 ODIs scoring 6695 runs at an average of 23.5 and a strike rate of 113.8 scoring 6 centuries and 31 fifties. He has hit 615 boundaries and 289 sixes in this time and also claimed 107 catches. His test batting average is 36.5 with 5 centuries in 27 test matches. He also happens to be the fastest century scorer reaching the milestone in his first inning in just 37 balls.
Looking at Afridi’s bowling, 315 ODI wickets with five 5 wicket hauls and four 4 wicket hauls says it all about his bowling capabilities. Afridi also happens to be the leading wicket taken in T20 Internationals with 53 wickets.
Today Karachi Dolphins meat Umar Gul’s Peshawar Panthers bringing the two pathans head to head in this year’s tournament for the first time. Can’t wait to see Afridi continue with where he stopped yesterday.
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