In the 2nd match of the T10 Cricket League 2017 being staged in Sharjah, Team Pakhtoons were up against Maratha Arabians.
Two former cricketers and rivals went face to face, as the Pakhtoons were led by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, while Virender Sehwag captained Maratha Arabians. Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Pakhtoons decided to open the batting with Dwayne Smith and Ahmad Shahzad, and had a very poor start as they lost Smith on the first ball of the innings, and later, Ahmad also got out in the first over to Imad Wasim after scoring just 5 runs.
Pakhtoons bounced back exceptionally well from their poor first over. It started from Fakhar Zaman hitting Imad Wasim for 2 consecutive sixes in the 3rd over. Later, in the 4th over, Dawson took the charge as he smashed Mohammad Sami for a four and three sixes on consecutive balls. They were 52/2 at the end of 4 overs.
Liam Dawson continued his assault as he managed to score 44 off just 23 balls before getting run out in the 8th over. After his wicket, Afridi joined Fakhar in the middle for the last couple overs.
Team Pakhtoons finished strong as they scored 121 off thier 10 allocated overs. Fakhar Zaman remained not out on 45 off 22 balls. Arabians were given a target of 122 to chase.
While chasing, Arabians started off poorly. They were 2 down inside their first two overs as Mohammad Irfan took two wickets in his first over. But later in the third over, Alex Hales took the charge as he smashed two back to back sixes to Umar Gul and took his team to 36/2.
Then came the 5th over, THE AFRIDI OVER! Bowling first time in the T10 League, Afridi took three wickets on three balls to complete the first ever hat-trick of the tournament. His victims included Rossouw, Bravo and his rival captain, Sehwag.
Maratha Arabians slipped to 49/5 after 5 overs.
The match was already done and dusted. Hales tried to drag the match till the end but his team eventually lost the match as they managed 96 runs inside their 10 overs. Pakhtoons won the match by 25 runs.