Hampshire v Sussex, Friends Life t20, Rose Bowl June 27, 2011

Afridi burst puts Hampshire top


Hampshire 126 for 8 beat Sussex 91 by 35 runs

Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi was on song again as Hampshire surged to the top of the Friends Life t20 South Group with a 35-run win over Sussex at the Rose Bowl.

Afridi opened the innings and hit 29 off 17 balls as Hampshire mustered 126 for 8 in their 20 overs, then took three quick wickets as Sussex collapsed from a position of authority.

At one stage Sussex looked to be coasting at 52 for 1 in the seventh over, needing only another 75, but then collapsed against Afridi and Imran Tahir, the Pakistan-born South Africa spinner. Champions Hampshire seized on the breakthrough when Afridi had Lou Vincent caught in the deep at 52 and the rest followed, offering minimal resistance.

Sussex lost their last nine wickets for 39 as Hampshire raced to their seventh win in 10 fixtures, placing them two points clear of nearest challengers Somerset and Sussex.

When Hampshire batted they struggled against the spin of Monty Panesar and Ollie Rayner, with Afridi's innings, which included two fours and two sixes, making him top scorer. Umar Gul and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan also took two wickets each at the death as Hampshire struggled to put a decent score together.

Their cause looked lost despite Sussex losing opener Chris Nash at 20 but it all changed when Afridi came on to bowl. In his first over he dismissed Vincent and Luke Wright and Sussex never recovered.

Murray Goodwin went in the next over to a catch at the wicket off Tahir and Sussex could find no way out of their spiral. Afridi bowled Ben Brown in his next over, then Danny Briggs got rid of Rayner to make Sussex a perilous 65 for 6.

Tahir continued the Sussex destruction by dismissing Naved-ul-Hasan and Gul in the space of three deliveries in the 14th over and the match was over as a contest.

Chris Liddle and Andy Hodd kept flickering Sussex hopes alive with a stand of 18 for the ninth wicket but Dominic Cork came on for the 18th over and wrapped up the innings by sending back Liddle to a smart catch by Briggs and Panesar first ball to have Sussex all out for 91.

Hampshire's victory came with 13 balls to spare as Afridi finished with figures of three for 10 from three overs. Tahir took 3 for 13 from his four-over allotment.

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  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    When is the next match of Hampshire scheduled ?

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    the difference is he got no tension on his head in English countycricket, Pcb drives the man crazy!

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Afridi should be Pakistan Captain inshallah. Because he is capable of doing captainship of Pakistan Team.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    lala's bowling was really impressive.....INSHAALLAH u'll b da captain of pak team again....our prayers r wid u...!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    i love u afridi u are big hitter

  • Taimur on June 28, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    hope cricket remains politics free and i am sure pak cricketers will prosper, but looks like world is bowing India...........

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Rock The Floor Afridi!! U Can Do iT!!! Like u Said In Ur Presentation Man of the Match Party, U'll B The ODI Captain soon Of Pakistan INSHAA ALLAH!!! Show PCB what you are and how capable u r!!

  • Stark on June 28, 2011, 9:42 GMT


    I watched the game last night and Afridi looked good at the crease for his 29 (showing some form with the bat).

    His bowling was excellent but I was really, really impressed by the fact that he read the pitch perfectly. Cork said Afridi told him that 130-140 would be a good score but Cork and his colleagues thought differently but it seems Afridi was correct.

    He is definitely captain material!

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 8:44 GMT


  • santosh on June 28, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    thts grat.love u afridi and a very good way to show ur ability in t20.all the best

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