Shamsi started his career as a fast bowler.
Left-arm wrist spinner Tabrez Shamsi has made an appearance for South Africa in the shortest format.
Left-arm wrist spinner Tabrez Shamsi has made an appearance for South Africa in the shortest format. He once again stamped his authority in the first T20I against Ireland, where he picked up four wickets to help South Africa win the match by a comfortable margin of 33 runs. Batting first, South Africa scored 165 for seven in 20 overs. His innings lost steam and most of the batsmen were unable to convert their starts and scored a crucial score. Aiden Markram was the top scorer (39 runs in 30 balls).
In reply, Ireland slipped to 46 for 5 as Harry Tector (36) was the only batsman to put up any kind of resistance to the Proteas bowling attack. Wickets kept falling at the other end and the hosts could only manage 132 runs for nine wickets.
Shamsi, who is the top-order bowler in T20 cricket, was in the lead and finished with figures of 4 for 27 in his four overs. This was the second time in his career that Shamsi took four wickets. With this spell, he also became the highest wicket-taker of all time in this format.
Shamsi started his career as a fast bowler but due to his low pace, he switched to bowling spin. He has also worked in IPL. In his T20 career so far, Shamsi has played 38 matches and has taken 42 wickets at an average of 23. Also, their economy rate is less than 7 which is also surprising.
The two sides will now face off in Belfast on Thursday and again on Saturday.
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