Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi smashes maiden T20 hundred

Ruben Hill
August 23, 2017

At the 256th time of asking, Shahid Afridi finally reached three figures in a Twenty20 match and the former Pakistan captain did it in record time.

Hampshire have now sealed their place for the Finals Day at Edgbaston on 2 September. Courtesy of his century, Hampshire posted 249 and ended up beating Derbyshire by 101 runs in the quarter-final. His 101 run batting made the Hampshire to score 249 by losing 8 wickets. Skipper Vince too chipped in with a fifty during their innings. Playing for Hampshire, the right-handed batsman was promoted up the order and was asked to open the innings.

Afridi smote ten fours and seven sixes to finish with 101 off 43 balls.

Their opening gambit of using Wayne Madsen's slow offbreaks for the first over had been working against hesitant county batsmen but the belligerent 37 year-old swept and drove four fours - and Derbyshire's game-plan unravelled from there.

Afridi's previous high score in the competition this season was 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre.

Afridi reached his fifty off by 20 balls with a top edged six but after driving a huge big six, he was stopped on 65 for long-on by Madsen.

981 - The number of T20 runs scored by Afridi in England, the most he has scored in a country, followed by 734 in Pakistan and 578 in the UAE. The first authorised match was played on June 2003 between english teams in NatWest T20 Blast.

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