Pakistan speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi is one the best fast bowlers in world cricket because of his ability to trouble all the batters around the globe by swinging the ball both ways. The 22-year-old pacer showed his brilliance in the T20 World Cup final once again by bowling a stunning swinging delivery to remove Alex Hales as well.
Despite chasing a small target of 138, England suffered an early blow on Sunday in the final of the T20 World Cup at the MCG as well. Alex Hales, who has been in sublime form for his side in the tournament, failed to tackle Shaheen Shah Afridi’s deadly inswinger. Shaheen started the innings with the new ball for Pakistan and swung the ball both ways right from the beginning.
However, he bowled his best delivery on the last ball to dismiss the opposition’s experienced batter. The left-handed pace bowler bowled a good length delivery and it sharply beat Alex Hales before it hit his pad and rattled the middle stump as well. With the best line and length and the rapid pace of Shaheen’s delivery, Hales failed to defend as well.
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Meanwhile, Shaheen’s supremacy with the ball reminded the fans of the Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, who is widely known as the ‘Sultan of the Swing’ in the cricket fraternity. And, Twitteratis reacted after the dismissal and they showered praise on Shaheen Shah Afridi as well.
— MAHARAJ JI (@MAHARAJ96620593) November 13, 2022
Shaheen Shah Afridi bowl to Alex Hales is Ball of the tournament for me ! #T20WorldCupFinal #EngvsPak
— Danish (Dan) (@Danismmmm) November 13, 2022
Ye Alex hales ka wicket dekh kar laga kl rahul hai 🤣🤣#PAKvENG
— CB Mahant (@cbmahant7) November 13, 2022
This is what Arshdeep Singh should have bowled to Alex Hales in the semis like what Shaheen Shah Afridi did few minutes back. #ENGvPAK #T20WorldCup #T20WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/HdooIiDhMN
— SportsViz (@viz_sports) November 13, 2022
You just know Phil Salt & Alex Hales playing for their PSL buddies.
— matxmari (@TinkerxTwinkle) November 13, 2022
#AlexHales looked totally helpless https://t.co/z6t26Hh4Ex
— Abdullah Umar (@zeropoint) November 13, 2022
"Pehle Chatkaya Alex Hales ab jale pe tohra Salt chirak dijiye" –@cricketaakash
Hindi Commentary mei revolution late hue.
Brilliant stuff!!#T20WorldCupFinal #PakVsEngFinal #PakvsEng
— Ekansh more (@Ekanshmore) November 13, 2022
The dismissal of Alex Hales off Shaheen Shah Afridi is a reminder of KL Rahul in 2021's edition. Unplayable!! #T20WorldCupFinal
— Sunair (@Sunairr) November 13, 2022