Srinagar: Known for his bowling, the Pakistan star pacer Shaheen Afridi on Tuesday won a last a ball thriller for Desert Vipers with the bat vs MI Emirates in ILT20 with New Zealand pacer Trent Boult bowling.
Desert Vipers beat MI-owned franchise despite losing 4 wickets in the powerplay
MI Emirates batted first against the Desert Vipers and could only get to a score of 149/9.
Desert Vipers lost four wickets in the powerplay during the chase and it required a last-ball dash to the non-striker’s end by Shaheen Afridi for the latter to complete the chase.
Trent Boult bowled the last over for the Emirates with the Vipers needing 10 runs to win. He conceded seven runs in five balls, leaving Afridi on strike with the Vipers still needing three to win.
Chaos ensued off the last ball with Afridi slicing his attempted drive over backward point. It looked like only two runs were possible with the man at the boundary picking the ball up but Afridi’s partner Luke Wood turned for the third run.
The Pakistan T20 captain waited until it became clear that Wood would be safe as the throw came to the striker’s end and then made a wild dash to the other side of the pitch.
The Emirates wicketkeeper threw the ball to Boult who could not hold on to it. Afridi put in a dive and when he saw that is safe, threw the bat in the air and took off his helmet to celebrate.