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Afridi out of PSL final
Pakistan Super League

Afridi out of PSL final

Shahid Afridi has been ruled out of the final of the second edition of Pakistan Super League after he injured his hand while fielding in the Third Playoff against Karachi Kings on Friday.

Afridi, stationed at cover, injured his hand in an attempt to catch hard-hitting Kieron Pollard off Darren Sammy on the first ball of the 11th over.

In a video released to the media, Afridi said he had received 12 stitches on his hand and has been prescribed 10 days rest by the doctors.

In the previous over, Afridi was smacked for a four and two sixes by Chris Gayle. The former Pakistan T20I captain bowled two overs in the match, leaking 27 runs without taking any wicket. Bowling in nine matches this season, the 37-year-old bagged only two wickets in the tournament.

Afridi, nonetheless, played some crucial knocks with the bat. He scored his first T20 fifty in more than 13 months against Karachi Kings at Sharjah, but could not finish the game for his side.

Six days later, he put up an unbeaten 45 to win a low-scoring affair for Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators at Dubai and followed it up with a blistering 34 at Sharjah against the same opposition, that went in vain.

The veteran allrounder had expressed his desire to play the PSL final at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters, Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore, earlier in the week while speaking to reporters at a seven-star hotel in Dubai.