History created as Mohammad Irfan just bowled most economical four-over spell in T20 cricket


Mohammad Irfan bowled the most-economical four-over spell in T20 cricket but could not ensure the win for his team Barbados Tridents on Saturday evening at Kensington Oval.

Mohammad Irfan
Photo; ESPN Cricinfo

In his allotted four-over spell, Irfan returned conceded just one run, returned with three maidens while claiming the wickets of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. What was astonishing was that Irfan did not succeed a single run for 23 consecutive deliveries.

Irfan’s team Barbados Tridents needed to defend just 147 runs and with a remarkable bowling spell like his, one would have thought that they will easily secure a victory, but St Kitts & Nevis Patriots walked away with a six-wicket win in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League.

His economy rate of 0.25 was better than the previous four-over best of 0.5 bowled by Chris Morris for the Cape Cobras in South Africa’s Ram Slam in November 2014, and by Chanaka Welegedara for Tamil Union in Sri Lanka in April 2015, reported an Australian cricket website.

His spell also saw him beat the bat a total of 17 times and drew one edge, with the St Kitts pair of Brandon King and Devon Thomas at a loss as to how to handle the giant quick.

Earlier, the Tridents had posted 6-147 courtesy of a half-century from Jason Holder (54 off 35), helped by 26 off 24 from compatriot Shai Hope.


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