Pakistan's all-rounder Shadab Khan was off to a glittering start in the inaugural edition of the Major League Cricket (MLC) - the United States of America (USA)'s first-ever franchise tournament.
While representing San Francisco Unicorns in their first match against MI New York, Shadab played an important role in the victory. After deciding to bat first, Aaron Finch-led Unicorns were 50-4 in seven overs.
Shadab alongside former New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson built up a strong partnership to take his team out of trouble. They both scored 129 runs off 58 balls with Shadab contributing 61 runs.
Shadab's 61-run knock was laced with four boundaries and five maximums.
The all-rounder gathered massive praise on social media for his top knock.
The strong Shadab-Anderson partnership took Unicorns to 215-5 in 20 overs. Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada could take two wickets each for MI New York.
In reply, Nicholas Pooran (40) and skipper Kieron Pollard (48) fought hard for their team MI New York but couldn't make the run-chase successful. Tim David also played a top knock of 53 not-out but that too wasn't enough to take MI New York over the victory line.
Shadab also took a wicket for his team, conceding 32 runs in his three overs. Haris Rauf went wicketless while Carmi le Roux and Liam Plunkett took two wickets each.