Former Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi has set the field on fire with his mammoth 101 from only 43 balls to ensure Hampshire’s 101 runs win at Derbyshire in the Twenty20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. This 37-year-old Pakistan biggie hammered seven sixes and 10 fours to propel Hampshire to 249 for eight, their highest T20 score ever surpassing their previous milestone of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006. On the other end, the skipper James Vince’s 55 from 36 aided this high scoring expedition to land in a happy phase. In reciprocal to this blitzkrieg showed by Afridi resulting of which an imposing target of 250 was floured, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each picking up three wickets.
Hampshire promoting Afridi to the opening slot against the county has turned out to be a lucrative gamble referring to his previous stint as an opener that he played for in 2003 and he swept and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first over before Calvin Dickinson took 2 fours from Hardus Viljoen.
Considering Afridi’s previous high score (18) in the competition this season this blasting batting display has been the phenomenon in which he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-story media centre. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen.
It proved expensive as Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull and was caught at long-leg.
Following this onslaught here all Afridi fans have gone mad witnessing their star to return into his own momentum even at the age of 37 while the entire world has shown their back to this Pak legend.