Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi has once again proved why he is the best new-ball bowler in the world after his yet another first-over masterclass during a match between Welsh Fire and Manchester Originals at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Wednesday.
Afridi, known for his magic with the new ball, ripped the Originals’ top order in his first over as the pacer took two wickets in two balls.
Afridi got Phil Salt on the first ball of his over with an in-swinging beauty which hit Salt on the pad and was eventually given an LBW out by the umpire.
After Salt’s dismissal, Laurie Evans came to bat, he was dismissed by Afridi as well with an in-swinging Yorker, hitting Evans on his toes and leaving him shocked.
The start was nothing less than a miracle for Fire as they were defending 95 runs.
Shaheen bowled 10 balls and conceded 24 runs with two important wickets and helped his team win the match by nine runs with his crucial first two balls to disturb the momentum of the Originals' batters.
England’s captain Jos Buttler and Max Holden both scored 37 off 18 but they were not enough.
On the other hand, for Originals, opener Luke Wills scored 53 off 23 with 10 boundaries
With the win and an impressive run rate of 1.125, Fire jumped to the first position on the points table.
They will play their next game against Southern Brave on Friday (August 4).
Welsh Fire: Glenn Phillips, Joe Clarkewk, Stevie Eskinazi, Tom Abell ©, David Willey, Ben Green, Luke Wells, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, David Payne, Roelof van der Merwe.
Manchester Originals: Jos Buttler ©, Philip Salt, Laurie Evans, Max Holden, Paul Walter, Ashton Turner, Jamie Overton, Joshua Little, Tom Hartley, Josh Tongue, Usama Mir.