As T10 Tournament Masters Premier League broke in, Sharjah witnessed several profound games from top players. Shahid Afridi, a veteran player, became a sensation in the second match of the opening night by taking a hat-trick, that too, in the first three balls he delivered. It was quite a scene for thousands of fans at UAE, wearing the ’10 Afridi’ T-shirts at the stadium. The match was between Pakhtoons and Maratha Arabians. While Afridi headed the former, Maratha Arabians was headed by Virender Sehwag, former player of India.
In the match, Shahid Afridi removed Rilee Rossouw nicking a catch to Najibullah Zadran. In the next ball, he trapped Dwayne Bravo. While in the third, he removed Sehwag. Pakhtoons won the match by 25 runs. Earlier, the team posed a score of 121 runs for 4 wickets. The top scorers were Fakhar Zaman and Liam Dawson, with 45 and 44 runs respectively. Chasing the target Maratha Arabians began losing wickets since the second over. Before the rundown of three wickets, the team lost the two wickets earlier. Kamran Akmal was dismissed by Mohammed Irfan, followed by Lendl Simmons. Alex Hales, remained unbeaten in the inning scoring a half-century. However, in 10 overs, the team could tally 96, surrendering to Pakhtoons.
Earlier in the tournament, the first match was between Kerala Kings and Bengal Tigers. In the match, the former won by 8 wickets. Batting first, Bengal Tigers scored 86 runs for a single wicket. The opening partnership between Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles brought 56 runs. Fletcher scored 32 runs remaining unbeaten, while, Charles scored 33 until removed by Wahab Riaz.
In the chase, Kerala Kings played 8 overs to scale the victory. The team lost Chadwick Walton, ducking in the third ball, but Paul Stirling hauled remained unbeaten striking the first half-century of the tournament. He scored 66 runs remaining unbeaten. Eion Morgan scored 11 runs, while Keiron Pollard added 11 in the final partnership stretch. The team was 90 for 2 in 8 overs.
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