The Pakistan Super League 2022 has finally kicked off at Karachi National Stadium with defending champions Multan Sultans locking horns with Karachi Kings on Thursday. After winning the toss and opting to field first, Multan Sultans came up with an impressive bowling performance to restrict the opposition to 124/5 in 20 overs.
While all the bowlers were fantastic for Sultans, it was Imran Tahir who stood out with a mind-bowling spell of 3/16. However, the leg-spinner – probably for the first time – was outdone by his teammate, with regards to celebrating a wicket.
While Tahir produced his famous running act on Thursday, it was Shahnawaz Dahani’s celebration which caught everyone’s attention. The right-arm pacer took the crucial wicket of Joe Clarke in the 18th over of the innings after the right-handed batsman smashed the ball straight into the hands of Rilee Rossouw. And what followed was nothing short of entertainment!
The pacer, out of nowhere, produced a cheeky ‘Namaste’ celebration with folded hands, presumably gesturing towards the crowd or dressing room. While the reason behind his act was not the knock, it was undoubtedly a mysterious one by Dahani, who is known for his unique celebrations on the cricket field. He then did his famous move with hands (inspired by Carlos Brathwaite) with Imran Tahir.
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Dahani bowled superbly on the day, ending with figures of 1/14 in 3 overs. He is going to be one of the players to watch out for in PSL 2022 and his performance in the season opener will certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Courtesy of some brilliant bowling and a half-century by captain Mohammad Rizwan, Multan Sultans went in to win the match quite comfortably, with 7 wickets in hand.