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Afridi special seals Hampshire’s semis spot

Afridi special seals Hampshire's semis spot

Scores: Hampshire 249/8 in 20 overs (Shahid Afridi 101, James Vince 55; Matthew Critchley 3-32, Ben Cotton 2-40) beat Derbyshire 148 in 19.5 overs (Ben Cotton 30; Kyle Abbott 3-25, Liam Dawson 3-28) by 101 runs

Pakistan skipper blunted the Derbyshire bowling attack with a 43-ball 101 – his maiden T20 hundred. The carnage took a buffer of only one ball before starting as the first over of the match began with Wayne Madsen getting hit for four boundaries. The experiment with Madsen ended there as he didn’t return to bowl for the rest of the innings

Calvin Dickson took advantage of the superb start and played the ball on merit from the other end. He went on to face every delivery, barring one, in the partnership from thereon before being dismissed in the fifth over courtesy a one-handed stunner from Matt Henry, who ran backwards from mid on to take the catch.

He batted the way Shahid Afridi bats. Much like his bowling, there is a sense of urgency in his batting; the urgency to send the ball out of the park. It doesn’t come off always, but when it does, the results are usually in favour of his side. With the bat in his hand, there are few who butcher the ball with as much raw strength as he does. Even as his powers have waned in the last few years, his show at the County Ground in Derby on Tuesday (August 22) was enough an evidence that his ability to put a display of brutality isn’t dead.

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