West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell smashed the last ball of the Super Over for a six as Islamabad United pulled off a thrilling win over Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah on Friday.
It was the first Super Over in PSL history after Islamabad managed 121-9 in their first innings and then bowled out Lahore for 121. In the Super Over, Lahore captain Brendon McCullum hit the first ball off Mohammad Sami for a six and then got out, before Umar Akmal hit another six taking the equation to 16 for victory.
In reply, Islamabad all-rounder Russell hit the last two balls off Mustafizur Rahman for a four and a six to seal a famous win and hand Lahore their fourth straight defeat of PSL 2018.
Earlier, JP Duminy hit a slow 34 off 36 balls while Hussain Talat remained unbeaten on 33 as Islamabad struggled to 121-9 on a rain-affected day in Sharjah that had forced the Multan Sultans-Karachi Kings match to be abandoned. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 3-20 for Lahore while debutant pacer Salman Irshad took a wicket off his first ball in PSL – getting captain Misbah-ul-Haq caught behind.
In reply, Agha Salman top scored for Lahore with 48 off 35 balls but captain McCullum consumed 49 balls for his 34 as a manageable target became an imposing one. No other Qalandars batsman reached double digits. Left-arm spinner Samit Patel took 3-17 for Islamabad while pacer Moahammad Sami took 3-21.
Lahore Qalandars pace sensation Salman Irshad picked up a wicket off the very first ball he bowled in the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah on Friday.
Irshad picked up the wicket of Islamabad United captain Misbah-ul-Haq off his first ball, getting the icon caught behind.
Labelled by former Pakistan quick and Lahore mentor Shoaib Akhtar as the next 100mph bowler, Irshad got the prized scalp of Islamabad United captain after getting the batsman to poke at a full delivery behind to the keeper.
Irshad was spotted during a talent hunt conducted by the Qalandars last year in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Former Pakistan fast bowler and Qalandars director of cricket operations Aaqib Javed was immediately impressed by what he saw and said Irshad had the potential to represent Pakistan at the highest level.
Akhtar later said during an interview on Pakistan’s GEO News: “He is bowling at 92 miles an hour now. He can go up to 97. And if he puts his heart in, can break the 100 miles per hour barrier. I want to train Salman Irshad myself.”
Karachi Kings and Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi will keep his fingers crossed as he awaits results of an MRI scan of his knee.
Afridi enjoyed a superb start to the third edition of the Pakistan Super League, picking up six wickets in three games. But he looks set for some time on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury with Karachi looking to preserve him for the business end of the tournament.
“Apologies to all my fans who came to watch me play today. Getting an MRI done for my knee. Need your prayers. Will get back soon Inshallah,” Afridi tweeted on Friday as the match between Karachi and Multan Sultans in Sharjah got abandoned due to rain.
My appologies to all my fans who came to watch me play today. Getting an MRI done for my knee. Need your prayers. Will get bak soon inshallah pic.twitter.com/oWAQKtf4mC— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 2, 2018
Karachi coach Mickey Arthur said given the quality that Afridi brings to the table, the management will monitor his fitness carefully.
“Rather than pushing him to play today we will preserve him for the back end of the tournament,” Arthur was quoted as saying.
Afridi turned 38 on Thursday and knee injuries can become particularly difficult to recover from at that age.