Shahid Afridi comes opener for Hampshire, NatWest T20 blast – Shahid Afridi sixes.
All-round contributions from overseas recruits Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy helped Hampshire beat Kent by nine runs at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday (June 2). Batting first, Hampshire never got momentum in the first ten overs as Michael Carberry scored a 53-ball 54.
Shahid Afridi hit a 14-ball 21 and the West Indies T20 skipper Darren Sammy hit a 15-ball 27 to provide the much-needed impetus in the end, to take their side to a competitive 158 in 20 overs. Matt Coles picked up four wickets for Kent.
In reply, openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly gave the visitors the perfect start with a 75-run opening stand. But they failed to make use of the situation and continued losing wickets at regular intervals. Afridi ended up picking three and Sammy fetched a couple as the visitors were all out for 149 in the end. Bell-Drummond top-scored with 64.