Pakistan seamer, Shaheen Shah Afridi, set the stage for a scintillating opening act in The Men’s Hundred 2023 Clash between Welsh Fire and Manchester Originals.

As the new ball found its way into his hands, Afridi’s trademark prowess came to the fore once again, dismantling the defenses of Laurie Evans and Phil Salt with precision. The angled inswing, delivered at a blistering pace, proved difficult for the batsmen, resulting in their overbalancing and LBW dismissals.

Afridi’s twin strikes at the outset laid the foundation for a tense Originals chase, underlining his unmatched ability to seize early-game advantages

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Welsh Fire secured a resounding victory, clinching their first win in the 2023 season after a tough run last year. With the match reduced to 40 balls per side, Luke Wells ignited the Fire’s innings with a blazing 57 off just 23 balls, propelling them to 94-3. Debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi’s dream start, dismissing Salt and Evans in consecutive balls, set the tone. Despite a spirited recovery, Manchester Originals fell short by nine runs, concluding at 85-4.

Last Updated on August 2, 2023

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