Shahid Afridi celebrates Virender Sehwag's wicket    Getty Images
Shahid Afridi celebrates Virender Sehwag’s wicket Getty Images

Shahid Afridi set the opening match of T10 League 2017 on fire, at Sharjah. After Maratha Arabians had a blistering start to their 122-run chase, Afridi strangled their momentum with a hat-trick, getting the better of Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, and Virender Sehwag.

The Arabians were cruising to the target, scoring 46 for 2 in 4 overs. Sensing trouble, captain Shahid Afridi employed himself into the attack and sucked the life out of the Arabians. He first cramped Rossouw for room, getting him caught at long-on. He then trapped the all-important wickets of Bravo and Sehwag with the one that holds its line. The Arabians lost half the side within 5 overs, eventually falling 25 runs short of the target set by Pakhtoons. Afridi was rightly awarded Player of the Match for his spell of 3 for 19.