Starman Shaheen Shah Afridi's night out in Dubai

Asia's Tech News Daily

First ball to Rohit Sharma. Shaheen Shah Afridi runs in from over the wicket with the Pakistan fans jiving, grooving and chanting: “Shaheen! Shaheen! Shaheen!” in Dubai. A group of fans have even travelled all the way from Japan in the midst of a pandemic to witness something special from Pakistan.

Afridi nails an inswinging yorker – not of the banana-swing variety but one with just enough (and late) shape – which torpedoes into the back leg of Rohit. Bang: this is smashing into the middle of middle stump. Afridi knows it. . Rohit knows it , but still can’t keep it out.

Afridi spins around and wheels away in celebration even before umpire Chris Gaffaney raises his finger. He keeps sprinting towards square leg and pulls off the ‘starman pose’, a tribute to the other Afridi but also one now becoming his own. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan lean on Afridi’s shoulders and soak everything in. Afridi makes it super special for every Pakistan fan.

It gets super-duper special when Afridi storms through KL Rahul’s defences in his next over. Rahul plays for the angle but it viciously bends in against the angle once again, making the other opener look clueless as well. ‘Starman’ Shaheen zips away towards square leg once again and blows kisses to the crowd.

India are 6 for 2 in the third over. The Dubai international stadium raises itself to a massive roar when Virat Kohli gets ready to face Afridi. They’ve never faced each other in T20 cricket before. It’s pure theatre. The first ball to Kohli is (of course) an inswinger, which is jabbed to the leg side via an inside edge. Afridi is setting up Kohli for one inswinger after another. Kohli tries to counter it by standing outside the crease and occasionally flitting around it.

Kohli backs away outside leg to manufacture swinging room and hit over the top. He doesn’t usually take risks in the early exchanges in any format, but Afridi forces him to do something different. The ball doesn’t swing. Instead it slides onto the bat as Kohli opens up his hips and shovel-swats Afridi with the bottom wrist over over mid-on and into the Pakistan dugout – like only he can. He undoes his gloves. Puts them back on. Tucks his bat around his legs. The Indian fans find their voice, but it is Afridi who owns the Powerplay, pinning down India to 36 for 3, with Hasan Ali claiming the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav. Pakistan will go on to score 43 for 0 in their Powerplay, ultimately chasing down 152 with all ten wickets to spare.


Afridi isn’t done yet. After taking 2 for 19 in three overs, he returns at the death to best Kohli. With the old ball, he thumps a slower offcutter into the pitch towards Kohli’s right shoulder. The India captain is too early into the pull, flapping a top-edge behind to Mohammad Rizwan for 57 off 49 balls. Afridi bags three big Indian wickets on a big night, providing a throwback to Mohammad Amir’s takedown of India’s top three in the Champions Trophy final more than four years ago at The Oval.

Starman Shaheen Shah Afridi's night out in Dubai
© Getty Images Shaheen Shah Afridi accounted for Virat Kohli © Getty Images

Afridi loses his length and his head briefly off his last two balls – a full-toss off a front-foot no-ball that Hardik Pandya carves for four followed by a wild overthrow that rolls away to the boundary. No matter – this still ends up the starman’s night. It culminated in Pakistan winning their first game against India in World Cups at their 13th attempt.

After the result, Kohi delivered a glowing endorsement of Afridi’s skills, saying India just couldn’t recover from the damage the left-arm quick had inflicted in the Powerplay. According to ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats, which adds context to every performance, Afridi’s three wickets were actually worth 4.67 wickets.

“He did bowl really well with the new ball,” Kohli said. “I think he hit the right areas to pick up wickets. In T20 cricket, you need good execution to pick up wickets with the new ball and certainly he did that.

“Credit to him, he put our batsmen under pressure immediately with the new ball. He ran in with intensity and showed that he’s bowling in consistent areas. As batsmen you are forced to be a bit watchful and that spell kind of put us on the back foot immediately and from thereon to get those 20-25 runs towards the end seemed pretty difficult when you lose three wickets for 20 [31] runs.”

The night ended with more revelry for Pakistanis with fans chasing the team bus chanting “Shaheen! Shaheen! Shaheen!” and, of course, “Dil Dil Pakistan“.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


South Australia shut down bid for Perth to swap Ashes Tests

© Getty Images Adelaide is the second stop for the Ashes tour © Getty Images South Australia will keep the second Ashes Test in Adelaide next week, all but ensuring ... Read more »

Sonu Sood gets another BMC notice over 'illegal' hotel

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has served a notice on actor Sonu Sood, asking him to restore a six-storey structure — that was turned into a hotel — back to ... Read more »

Bengal Woman Serves Leftover Food From Brother's Wedding to The Needy, Kindness Wins Hearts | See Pics

© Ritu Singh | Trending Desk Bengal Woman Serves Leftover Food From Brother’s Wedding to The Needy Ranaghat: Weddings in India are typically grand affairs which involve a number of ... Read more »

Nafisa Ali reminisces 'Major Saab' days with Big B as she starts shooting for 'Uunchai'

© IANS Nafisa Ali and Amitabh Bachchan.(photo:instagram) Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) Veteran actress Nafisa Ali will be seen sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan after almost two decades in ... Read more »

The fact that hayu is finally available in India has got us super excited!

One of the leading destinations for some of the most popular U.S. reality content series, hayu is a subscription-based streaming service that is now available in India. Fans of the ... Read more »

Vinay Pathak-starrer 'Bhagwan Bharose' slated for winter 2022 release

© IANS Bhagwaan Bharose. Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) Award-winning filmmaker Shiladitya Bora’s upcoming film ‘Bhagwan Bharose’, starring Vinay Pathak, is in its final post-production stage and has been locked for ... Read more »

Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 14: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

Our Week 14 fantasy WR PPR rankings are here to help sort through the muck and identify top sleepers, streamers, and potential busts at wide receiver. We’re just one week ... Read more »

Opinion: In their moment of need, Steelers make strides toward rediscovering identity

PITTSBURGH – The sideways glances came seemingly from every direction. As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ winless streak reached its third week after a throttling at the hands of customary divisional basement ... Read more »

Omicron: Here's how Uttar Pradesh preparing to tackle new Covid-19 variant

© Provided by Hindustan Times The government has also entrusted 73,000 monitoring committees in the state to ensure all the instructions with regards to the new variant of Coronavirus are ... Read more »

'Murders take place when young people get emotional': Pakistan defence minister on Sialkot lynching

© Provided by Hindustan Times People light oil lamps next to laid roses to express their condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, following the lynching of the Sri Lankan ... Read more »

2023 Mercedes E-Class With Electric Powertrain Spotted on Test

© Provided by News18 2023 Mercedes E-Class With Electric Powertrain Spotted on Test The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been spotted testing ahead of a possible release in 2023. For the ... Read more »

Toyota Hybrid Cars to Come With Solid-State Batteries

© Provided by News18 Toyota Hybrid Cars to Come With Solid-State Batteries Toyota is regarded as an automaker most resistant to vehicle electrification, particularly when it comes to pure electric ... Read more »

Houston teammates, NBA fans react to KJ Martin's rim-rattling putback dunk

© Provided by RocketsWire In a historic sixth straight win for the Houston Rockets, the clear highlight from Sunday’s 10-point home victory over New Orleans was a putback dunk in ... Read more »

Morning news brief: Omicron scare, Beijing Olympics and more

© Provided by WION The United States is about to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, escalating tensions between the world’s two largest economies.One in 15 Africans ... Read more »

Only one in 15 Africans fully vaccinated: Vaccine discrimination risks leaving Africa behind

© Provided by WION The finding of the Omicron variant in southern Africa has fueled suggestions that low vaccination rates foster viral mutations, which can subsequently spread to nations with ... Read more »

Anand Rathi IPO sees 3.66 times subscription on day 3, QIB portion booked 17%

© Shweta Mungre Anand Rathi IPO sees 3.66 times subscription on day 3, QIB portion booked 17% The initial public offering of Anand Rathi Wealth, one of the leading non-bank ... Read more »

Ind vs NZ, 2nd Test: Ajaz Patel's heroics go in vain as India beat New Zealand by 372 runs to win series 1-0

© Provided by Jagran English Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: Ajaz Patel’s historic 10-wicket hall in an innings of a match went in vain after India defeated New Zealand on ... Read more »

Will Trinamool topple Congress in Opposition's war for dominance?

© Provided by Firstpost Will Trinamool topple Congress in Opposition’s war for dominance? The biggest political question in the country today is whether the TMC will replace Congress as the ... Read more »

Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Pays Tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar

© Provided by News18 Mahaparinirvan Diwas 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Pays Tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on ... Read more »

Defence Ties, 2+2 Dialogue: Here's What's on the Table as PM Modi Meets Putin Today Amid Close Watch by US

© Provided by News18 Defence Ties, 2+2 Dialogue: Here’s What’s on the Table as PM Modi Meets Putin Today Amid Close Watch by US To hold the 21st annual India-Russia ... Read more »

'Is the glass half full or half empty?'- Ex-India players have their say on Kohli and Pujara's century drought

© Provided by Hindustan Times India’s Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara  (Action Images via Reuters) India have been the most dominating team in Test cricket, winning back-to-back series in Australia, ... Read more »

Podcast | ‘Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV close together: that's fantastic!' | Dutch football

The future of Erik ten Hag, Cody Gakpo as PSV striker, the advance of Feyenoord, the future of Marcel Brands. These are topics that are covered in a new AD ... Read more »

Epic Tesla Model 3 Two-Year Ownership Review

© InsideEVs tesla model 3 review after two years Does this Tesla owner still recommend the EV, and what do you think he’s replacing it with? YouTube channel SpawnPoiint has ... Read more »

India vs New Zealand, Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test Day 4 Updates: Spinners star as hosts seal series with 372-run win

© Provided by Firstpost India vs New Zealand, Live Cricket Score, 2nd Test Day 4 Updates: Spinners star as hosts seal series with 372-run win 10:32 (IST) Rahul Dravid, Team ... Read more »

Watch: Shakib Al Hasan Slides on Covers as Rain Washes Out Day 2 of 2nd Test

© Provided by News18 Watch: Shakib Al Hasan Slides on Covers as Rain Washes Out Day 2 of 2nd Test With weather permitting just 6.2 overs of play during the ... Read more »

Opinion: Brent Venables gets the keys to the Oklahoma football kingdom at age 50. Seems like the perfect time.

NORMAN, Okla. — Brent Venables is 50 years old. Hard to believe. Hard to believe because you figured those bulging neck veins meant a short life expectancy. You remember. Every ... Read more »

Influencer Marketing: Trends to watch out for in 2022

© Unsplash Influencer Marketing: Trends to watch out for in 2022 As we enter a brand new year, we want to crystal gaze into what the year holds for us. ... Read more »

Can Detox Juices Cause Harm to Your Body, Here's What Research Says

© Provided by News18 Can Detox Juices Cause Harm to Your Body, Here’s What Research Says Detox juices are the talk of the town because of their claim for quick ... Read more »

ATM Cash Withdrawals to Get Costlier from Next Month. Know How Much You Need to Pay

© Provided by News18 ATM Cash Withdrawals to Get Costlier from Next Month. Know How Much You Need to Pay ATM Withdrawal Alert: Bank customers with a credit or debit card ... Read more »

The Next Generation of Rugby: Picking a World U23 XV

The dust has well and truly settled on another year of international rugby, bringing with it plenty of action and drama from around the world. © (Photos / Getty Images) ... Read more »

William Shatner's space flight documented in Amazon special

© IANS William Shatner.(photo:instagram) Los Angeles, Dec 6 (IANS) ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner’s trip to space on the Blue Origin will be documented in the new Amazon special ‘Shatner ... Read more »

Katrina Kaif: Actress Answers Most Googled Question About Her. How To Pronounce Your Name?

© Provided by News18 Katrina Kaif, the stunningly beautiful superstar has been in the news recently for her much-hyped, probable wedding with Vicky Kaushal. The rumoured wedding is set to ... Read more »

Arjun Kapoor calls girlfriend Malaika Arora a tough taskmaster. Watch video to know why

Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora never fail to give us major couple goals. Be it red carpet appearances or holidays, they know exactly how to enjoy their time together. Most ... Read more »

Australia still Ashes favourites, but lot on the line to begin high-stakes Pat Cummins era

And so it’s here. The Pat Cummins era of Australia’s Test team. It was expected to arrive at some point next year but begins a few months early after a ... Read more »

Kiara Advani Paints A Picture Of Elegance In Pink Lehenga, Check Out The Diva's Sexy Pictures

Kiara Advani paints a prety picture in the pink lehenga. (Image: Instagram) Kiara Advani looks sexy in the embellished lehenga. (Image: Instagram) Kiara Advani flaunts her back in the sensuous ... Read more »

29 Years of Vijay Supremacy: Thalapathy Vijay gets the most heartwarming gift from son Jason Sanjay as he completes 29 years in Tamil cinema – view post

© Provided by Thalapathy Vijay is by far and large one of the most popular moviestars in the country, not just in the Tamil Nadu or even in South ... Read more »

Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott spending quality time as they await second baby

© Provided by Zee News Washington: American star couple Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are spending quality time and are ‘inseparable’ as they wait for their little one to arrive. ... Read more »

Katrina Kaif And Vicky Kaushal Have Never Worked In a Film. How Did The Couple Meet?

© Provided by News18 Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s wedding took everybody by surprise and has created a lot of buzz in the last few days. Though the couple is ... Read more »

India vs New Zealand Live Score, 2nd Test Match Updates: Hosts register 372-run win to clinch series

© Provided by Firstpost India vs New Zealand Live Score, 2nd Test Match Updates: Hosts register 372-run win to clinch series 10:17 (IST) OUT! That’s the match then! Nicholls is ... Read more »

Raveena Tandon reveals being kicked down at her lowest: ‘People gave me the drive to bounce back'

© Provided by Pinkvilla Raveena Tandon is undoubtedly one of the most talented actresses of her time. The diva might have gone out of action but never went out of ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic