County Championship: Shaheen Afridi removed Marnus Labuschagne.© Instagram
Pakistani pacesetter Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up where he left off in the Test series against Australia at home when he sacked Marnus Labuschagne again, but this time in England while playing in the County Championship for Middlesex against Glamorgan. Afridi got a delivery to stand uncomfortably from a short spot of good length which Labuschagne tried to fend off with a casual leave. However, the tempo on the pitch found the back of Marnus’ willow and the batter was carried on for eight runs.
The wicket was Shaheen’s first in County cricket and was shared on Twitter by the official Middlsex handler with a caption that read:
“SHAHEEN BOWLS MARNUS Look how @iShaheenAfridi removed Marnus Labuschagne. Not a bad first @CountyChamp wicket, right? #OneMiddlesex.”
† SHAHEEN BOWLS MARNUS
Look how @iShaheenAfrid removed Marnus Labuschagne
— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) Apr 21, 2022
It wasn’t the first time the left-footed pacesetter Labuschagne had taken the lead. In the recently concluded Australian tour of Pakistan, Shaheen had sent the Aussie away at least once in each of the three Tests, proving to be something of a nemesis on subcontinental fields.
Labuschagne’s wicket caused a minor collapse and Middlesex faltered at one point with 30 runs for the loss of five wickets. Pacer Toby Roland-Jones also claimed two wickets.
Sam Northeast was also knocked out by Shaheen for a duck on the very first ball, giving the pacer a hat trick. However, Kiran Carlson survived a massive call-up on the leg side and denied Shaheen a brilliant start in County cricket.
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