BPL 2019: At the fag end of his career, Shahid Afridi discovers another way of getting out
He curiously asked Shahzad about how the bails went off.
Updated - Jan 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Retired Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi was dismissed in a bizarre way in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as he was batting for his side Comilla Victorians against the Chittagong Vikings on Sunday. The veteran all-rounder has retired from all formats of international cricket but continues to ply his trade for various franchises in T20 leagues around the world.
Comilla Victorians were asked to bat by the opposition as the Chittagong based side won the toss. In the 14th over of the first innings, Afridi was on strike to face the second ball of Khaled Ahmed’s over when the incident took place. The 37-year-old batsman tried to pull the ball off the backfoot when unintentionally his foot landed on the stumps resulting in the bails going off.
Initially, it looked like Afridi had edged it to the wicketkeeper but there was no appeal from the bowling side. He curiously asked Shahzad about how the bails went off to which the keeper responded by saying that he stepped on to the stumps.
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The Pakistani scored 2 off the 4 balls he faced. Thisara Perera was the star with the bat for Comilla Victorians as he slammed a 26-ball 78 to single-handedly demolish the Vikings’ bowling attack and take his team to a strong total. Perera’s innings was laced with three fours and eight sixes.
However, the Victorians lost the match as the Vikings chased down the total with 2 balls to spare as the Sri Lankan all-rounder’s hard-hitting knock went in vain. The foundation for the victory was laid by the opening batsmen as Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad scored a quickfire 27 ball 46 to put his side on top. He combined with Cameron Delport (13) to post a 58-run stand for the opening wicket.
Chittagong Vikings’ captain Mushfiqur Rahim was adjudged the Man Of the Match for his knock of 75 runs as he took his side over the line. Afridi was the solitary economical bowler for the Victorians with a wicket to his name giving only 15 runs in his 4 over spell.