Twitter Reactions: Mohammad Irfan's dream spell goes in vain as the Patriots register another win
Irfan bowled the most economical spell in the history of T20 cricket.
The match between Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be remembered for one spell. Irrespective of the result of the game, irrespective of the runs scored by the batsmen and all the other factors, Mohammad Irfan’s spell will go down into the record books as one of the greatest spells ever bowled in the history of T20 cricket.
This was one of the most intriguing spells bowled in T20 cricket during which he left the batsmen perplexed. Forget scoring runs, the Tridents’ batsmen even couldn’t get bat to ball in the first 23 balls that he bowled. On the last ball of his spell, a run was scored making his figures, 4-3-1-2. However, despite all these efforts, the Patriots still managed to win the game by 6 wickets.
Questionable changes in the batting order by Jason Holder
After being put into bat first, the Tridents came out with a different opening pair for this encounter as they benched Hashim Amla. Openers Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill couldn’t really get going. They scored 20 and 19 runs respectively and at a slow pace. While it was expected that Steve Smith would walk out into the middle at No 3, skipper Jason Holder decided to promoted himself up the order. At this position, he did really well scoring 54 off 35 balls.
However, this move upset the positions of the other batsmen and they couldn’t really click. Shai Hope at his usual batting slot scored 26 off 24 balls. But, Smith, who came out at No 6 got out after scoring just 4 runs. The team ended up putting 147 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets, which was quite a below-par total. Anton Devcich and Ben Cutting picked two wickets each while Sandeep Lamichhane went wicketless.
How do you play Mohammad Irfan?
Although the Tridents posted a below-par total, what made it challenging was a dream spell from Irfan. He bowled four overs on the trot and squared up Chris Gayle right on the first ball of the innings. Lewis too was dismissed by him for just a solitary run. The other bowlers too were going decently as Brandon King and Devon Thomas played real cautious cricket.
Both added runs at a steady pace. But one over that was bowled by Steve Smith changed the complete complexion of the game. Smith who was the star with the ball in the previous game gave away 27 runs in one over making things easier. St Kitts scored 59 off 15 balls at one stage of the game resulting in Irfan’s efforts being wasted. Ben Cutting and Tom Cooper applied the finishing touches to the innings as the team won the game easily by 6 wickets.
Twitterati was bowled over by the spell that Mohammad Irfan has bowled. They also commended B King and Devon Thomas for applying themselves beautifully out there in the middle in crunch situations.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Mohammad Irfan has just bowled the most economical four overs in T20 history: 4-3-1-2. He didn't concede a single run until his 24th delivery, he dismissed Chris Gayle & Evin Lewis & he drew 17 plays & misses & one edge. W••••••••W•••••••••••••1. #CPL
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 25, 2018
— Patrick Noone (@PatrickNoone08) August 25, 2018
Mohammad Irfan has bowled the most economical spell in T20 cricket.
– 4 overs
– 23 dot balls
– 2 wickets
– 1 run
– 0.25 RPO#CPL
— Clive (@vanillawallah) August 25, 2018
Most Economical 4-overs spell in T20
4-3-1-2 M Irfan (Tonight)
4-3-2-2 C Morris (2014)
4-2-2-4 C Walegedara (2015)
4-2-3-2 Zulfiqar Babar (2012)
4-2-3-1 Shoaib Malik (2013)
4-1-3-0 S Naraine (2014)
4-2-3-3 M Johnson (2017)
4-1-3-5 S Tanvir (2017)
4-1-3-4 K Peiris (2018)#CPL18
— Farhan Nisar (@farhanwrites) August 25, 2018
One of the few #CPL18 games Ive seen live cos its on at a reasonable time….have they all been this shite…?
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) August 25, 2018
Truly honored & humbled to make the world record for the most economical four over bowling figures in the history of T20 cricket: 4-3-1-2. Thanks @CPL & @BIMTridents. Also I can't say it enough but Caribbean people are pure love. 🙌🙏🏽 #SayaCorporation @TalhaAisham pic.twitter.com/ot0zdEKMKC
— Mohammad Irfan (@M_IrfanOfficial) August 26, 2018
Ben Cutting 32no and Brandon King (60) help the Patriots to a win by 6 wickets with an over and ball to spare. This win was in conceivable after being 17-2 with Irfan on fire. Well played @BIMTridents #CPL18 #BTvSKNP
— Joti Birdi (@BirdiOnBoundary) August 25, 2018
World Record! Mohammad Irfan bowls most economical 4-over spell in T20 history. He bowled 23 consecutive dots and conceded a run off the last ball of his spell.
Finishes with figures: 4-3-1-2. Just one run in 4 overs! #CPL2018
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 25, 2018
Wow, Just Wow SKNP Just Exploded 😲 #BTvSKNP
— Shinavy ☘ (@shinavy_14) August 25, 2018
A near perfect 10. 23 dot balls to top it with 2 wickets. Would take quite a taking to beat this record. As they say cricket is a funny game,just imagine after this magic spell still ends up in the losing side. What a performance!!! Hats off!!! "Mohammad Irfan"
— Developself (@Developself2) August 26, 2018
— SRK (@shah_zuli786) August 25, 2018
Pakistani bowler Mohammad Irfan has bowled the most economical four-over spell in T20 history in #CPL
Single run off his final delivery & finishing with figures of 4-3-1-2 🙌🇵🇰😘
— Iram Ahmad Khan (@Iram_says) August 26, 2018
— кiran я_g. (@KiranRGo) August 25, 2018
— ONE FOR ALL (@mohsinstats) August 26, 2018
— GOWTHAM SINGH ᶻᵉʳᵒ (@iamjr_SRK) August 26, 2018
Mohammad Irfan bowling figures.
4 overs. 3 Maidens. 2 wickets. 1 run. 😲😲😲 Cheapest bowling figure in the history of T20 cricket. #CPL.
Would have been 4 maidens, if not for the last ball single.
— Arun Pandiyan (@ArunPandiyanMJ) August 26, 2018
— Malik Hasnain 🇵🇰 (@iammalikhasnain) August 26, 2018
Mohammad Irfan's figures in a T20 match today:
4 overs, 3 maidens
1 run conceded, 2 wickets
His first 23 balls were dot balls. #CPL18
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) August 26, 2018