Irfan Pathan was once again seen in the same old glimpse, defending 9 runs in the last over to defeat Robin Uthappa’s team
Irfan Pathan is one of the legendary cricketers of the Indian team. His bowling performances in international cricket have impressed everyone over the years. At the age of 38 after retiring, he brought back old memories to fans at the ongoing US Masters T10 tournament.
In this year’s US Masters T10, in the 17th match of the tournament led by Aaron Finch, the California Knights, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and former CSK batsman Robin Uthappa-led Atlanta Riders faced off. Aaron Finch, leading the California Knights, was out after scoring just 2 runs when he came to bat in the first match. Then, Jack Kallis took the helm and played an excellent inning, scoring 38 runs off 27 balls.
Towards the end, Ricardo Powell scored 33 runs off 18 balls, helping the California Knights reach a total of 94 runs. While trying to chase this target, Atlanta Riders’ captain Robin Uthappa, after facing 9 balls, managed to score only 16 runs. However, the other opener Lendl Simmons played a significant inning, scoring 37 runs off 21 balls. Then, the 40-year-old Hamilton Masakadza played a brief inning, scoring 20 runs off 11 balls.
As the match was nearing its end, it was almost slipping away from the hands of the California Knights. In the last over, they needed just 9 runs off 6 balls. In this crucial moment, Irfan Pathan stepped up, reclaiming his old form. Though he bowled a wide on the first ball, he came back strong, giving away only 1 run in the next two consecutive balls. On the fourth ball, Irfan Pathan took the wicket of Masakadza. Then, on the final ball of the match, with 6 runs needed off 1 ball, Pathan managed to bowl a dot ball, leading the team to an incredible victory with just 5 runs to spare.