After an excruciating look ahead to eight months resulting from COVID-19, the 2020 version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has lastly acquired its two finalists. The Qalandars defeated the Multan Sultans within the second eliminator on Sunday to e book their spot within the last to be performed on November 17.
David Wiese was the subject of debate for his all-round show for the Qalandars. However, what stole the limelight was pacer Haris Rauf, who picked up three essential wickets throughout his four-over spell and considered one of them being of legendary Shahid Afridi.
An excellent show by Pakistan’s Haris Rauf
— ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2020
The second the bowler acquired Afridi out was what acquired netizens speaking. The all-rounder had come to bat after the autumn of Rilee Rossouw’s wicket within the 14th over. The stage was set for him to play a quickfire knock and preserve his group within the hunt, nonetheless, Haris Rauf had different plans as he steamed in and bowled a sensational in-swinging yorker at 145.9 kph to shatter Afridi’s center stump.
Interestingly, after bowling such an unplayable supply, he straightaway folded his palms to apologise to former Pakistan cricketer.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 15, 2020
Former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar too tweeted in regards to the incident and mentioned, “Gesture of respect by @HarisRauf14 to legendary @SAfridiOfficial after bowling him out first ball!! @lahoreqalandars reaches the final to play against @KarachiKingsARY. Big final coming. Excited”.
Gesture of respect by @HarisRauf14 to legendary @SAfridiOfficial after bowling him out first ball!! @lahoreqalandars reaches the ultimate to play in opposition to @KarachiKingsARY. Big last coming. Excited. #PSL2020 #PSL5 #shahidafridi #MultanSultans #LahoreQalandar pic.twitter.com/KKeSZHD9cR
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 15, 2020
As for the PSL, the event needed to be stopped abruptly after the league stage in March because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managed to create a bio-bubble for the playoffs and followers witnessed three top-quality matches with Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars making it to the ultimate.