Haris Rauf of Lahore Qalandars tormented the Multan Sultans batsmen in the playoff match of Pakistan Super League on Sunday and won the internet by apologising to Shahid Afridi after the match for dismissing the former Pakistan skipper for a first-ball duck.
Rauf scalped three wickets, giving away just 30 runs at an economy rate of 7.50. In the 14th over of the chase, Afridi came in place of Rilee Rossouw when Multan Sultans were reduced to 116/5. On the fifth ball of his over, Rauf castled Afridi for a first ball duck with a beauty.
Rauf’s inswinging delivery sneaked through Afridi’s legs and dislodged the bails in some fashion. As soon as the ball hit the stumps, the pacer apologised to Afridi with folded hands.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 15, 2020
Reacting to the incident, Afridi called it a ‘great and unplayable yorker’.
It was a great and unplayable yorker Haris very well bowled! Please bowl slow to me next time 😜 congratulations to Qalandars for final berth. Look forward to an exciting match tomorrow. Thank you Sultans fans for supporting us throughout the season. https://t.co/GySOxr43ov
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 16, 2020
Fighting for a spot in the final, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans locked horns at the National Stadium in Karachi on November 15. After setting a target of 183, Lahore bundled Multan on 157 in 19.1 overs to win the match by 25 runs.
For the Qalandars, South Africa’s David Wiese made the difference as he starred with both bat and ball. After scoring a quickfire 48 off just 21 balls with five fours and three sixes, he shone in the second innings as he registered a brilliant 3/27 off his stipulated four overs.
Rauf is the leading wicket taker in T20s in 2020 with 50 wickets. It’s the seventh instance a Pakistani player has taken 50+ wickets in a calendar year in T20s.
Lahore Qalandars have now set a date with Karachi Kings in the summit clash on November 17.
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