APL 2018: Asghar Afghan mocks Shahid Afridi’s celebration after taking his catch
The veteran bagged a second-ball duck in the previous game.
Updated - Oct 13, 2018 12:13 pm
The inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) is setting the stage on fire in Sharjah where some of the best T20 cricketers are up against each other. Shahid Afridi is one of those who is featuring for the Paktia Panthers. He was expected to play an important role in the tournament but hasn’t lived up to the hype as of now. His struggles with the bat continued on Friday as the veteran bagged a two-ball duck and was caught wonderfully in the deep by Asghar Afghan.
The Kandahar Knights locked horns against the Panthers in a crucial face-off and were bossing the game when Afridi entered the scene at 69/5 in the 10th over. He needed to support Sikandar Raza who was batting well at the other end. Afridi is known for his swashbuckling batting but he has struggled considerably with the bat in the recent times and the same was evident the other day.
Shahid Afridi defended his first and then went for an ugly heave off Waqar Salamkheil whose tail was up after taking a wicket early in the over. The batsman didn’t middle the shot and it went high into the sky. Asghar Afghan, the Knights’ skipper, was behind the ball while fielding at the mid-on and took a sensational catch running behind.
It was a brilliant effort from him on the field and Asghar was visibly elated which led to him mocking Afridi’s celebration. He let his both the arms aloft while facing the crowd and soaked in all the applause. Meanwhile, the most loved Pakistani cricketer endured yet another failure leaving his team in trouble at 69/6.
However, Afridi made amends with the ball with a miserly spell of 1/13 in his four overs. He scalped a crucial wicket of Karim Sadiq and didn’t let the opposition let off the hook at any stage.
Here’s the video:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 12, 2018