Everyone knows by now Shahid Afridi is nowhere close to the explosive big hitter he once was. There’s little need to get excited by him walking out to bat; he might once have been a trailblazer, but several around the world have mastered – indeed, bettered, the art he helped pioneer. At 40 – or 45, if you believe his autobiography – any exploits off Afridi’s bat are very much dying embers of a flame that once burned brightly, but Haris Rauf may just have snuffed them out tonight.
In the 14th over when Afridi walked out to bat, Rauf sent down a searing yorker first up tailing into middle stump. Few might have kept it out, but Afridi was notably slow in getting his bat down, the ball, almost tauntingly, whistling through his legs and onto the base of middle stump. As Afridi began to walk off, utterly befuddled, Rauf clasped his hands together by way of apology. It was Rauf’s 50th T20 wicket this year, and he may just have ended an iconic Pakistani career with it.
LQ vs MS Highlights today – Eliminator 2, Pakistan Super League from National Stadium, Karachi Sunday, 11-15-2020.
Multan Sultans won the toss and bowled first.
Lahore Qalandars team: Fakhar, Tamim, Akhtar (capt), Hafeez, Dunk (wk), Samit, Wiese, Faizan, Shaheen, Rauf, Dilbar.
Multan Sultans team: Zeeshan (wk), Lyth, Masood (capt), Rossouw, Bopara, Khushdil, Shahid, Tanvir, Ilyas, Tahir, Junaid.