Shahid Afridi thrilling hundred off, in just 42 balls for Hampshire in the 2017 NatWest T20

By Mah Jabeen

A thrilling first Twenty20 century from the swirling bat of Shahid Afridi of ruined dream of Derbyshire to reach finals day for the first time at the 3aaa County Ground at Hampshire in a NatWest T20 Blast county match on Tuesday, Cricinfo reported.

It was the 43rd ball which wrecked Derbyshire’s plans, the young 37 year old Debyshire hits seven sixes and 10 fours before losing his wicket to just the 43rd ball he faced.


It was the fifth wickets fell for 17runs in the space of nine deliveries when the Hamshire’s innings actually distorted. But James Vince’s 55 off 36 balls and 27 off was supplemented by Afridi’s firework. Followed 11 by George Bailey, allowed Vince’s team to create a total that devastated numerous records and formed a winning margin of 101, enabling them to finals day, this occured for the 7th time in eight years

It’s worth mentioning here Hampshire’s  created a history of  highest T20 total, surpassing their 225 against Middlesex in 2006, and fortunately  gained the fourth-highest by any team in domestic T20 in this country. certainly, globally there are only five highest scored secured, since the T20 concept was born.

It is also the highest in opposition to Derbyshire, bettering Warwickshire’s 242 for 2 at Edgbaston in 2015 and the uppermost witnessed, passing Lancashire’s 220 for 5 in 2009.

Shahid Afridi has ended his controversial 21years career back in Frbrurary 2017, by formal retirement announcement from international cricket,

In 1996, Nairobi, Afridi held the record for the fastest one-day hundred for almost around 17 straight years, way after blasting 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka.

Whereas, in 2013,Corey Anderson from New Zealand set new record, where Queenstown beat West Indies by just one ball

On what had been billed as the biggest match on this ground since Derbyshire beat Northamptonshire in the Benson and Hedges semi-final in 1993, the measure of Hampshire’s victory was a mere 101 – precisely Afridi’s score.

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