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‘Please bowl slow next time’: Shahid Afridi to pacer who dismissed him on first ball

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Shahid Afridi has lauded the fast bowler who dismissed him on the first ball in a Pakistan Super League game. The former Pakistan all-rounder took to Twitter following his dismissal against Lahore Qalandars pacer Haris Rauf and requested him to ball slower to him the next time. Afridi, took to Twitter, where he lauded Rauf for bowling “a great and unplayable yorker.” 

On Sunday (November 15), in the recent PSL Playoffs game between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, Afridi, batting for Multan Qalandars, was bowled by a searing in-swinging yorker from Rauf. The delivery was clocked at a lightning quick 146 kph. 

“It was a great and unplayable yorker Haris very well bowled! Please bowl slow to me next time congratulations to Qalandars for final berth. Look forward to an exciting match tomorrow. Thank you Sultans fans for supporting us throughout the season,” Afridi tweeted. 

Immediately after taking the prized wicket, Rauf went on to fold his hands in apology as Afridi walked back to the pavilion. Even though Afridi has retired from International cricket, he still plays T20 cricket in various leagues all over the world, remaining a very big draw for the fans who lovingly call him ‘Lala.’

The incident won over the fans and former cricketers alike who appreciated Rauf for the respectful gesture. 

Afridi’s Multan ultimately lost the game by 25 runs with Rauf grasping three wickets for Lahore, returning with figures of 4-0-30-3. Lahore thus paved their way into the PSL final while Multan were knocked out. 

The Lahore Qalandars were eventually beaten by the Karachi Kings in the final. Riding on captain Babar Azam’s 63 not out off 49 balls, Karachi successfully chased down a total of 135 runs with eight balls to spare.