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Afridi stars again in Redbacks win
A stellar all-round show by Shahid Afridi helped the Southern Redbacks coast to a four-wicket win against the Queensland Bulls.
Set an achievable 157 to win a crucial league game in the KFC Twenty20 BigBash, South Australia rode on useful knocks by Afridi (27) and senior batsman Mark Cosgrove, who remained unbeaten on 43 from 40 deliveries.
Opener Daniel Harris took it upon himself to lead the charge for the Redbacks with a well compiled 34 off 19 balls after skipper Graham Manou was sent back for two in the second over, perishing to Nathan Rimmington.

Cosgrove got into the act soon after and added 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Afridi, who looked like getting back to some kind of form with the bat after a first match failure.

However, the Pakistani all-rounder fell to a stunning catch at the edge of the ropes at deep square leg, when Craig Philipson plucked a stunner to prevent a certain six. At that stage, it looked like the Bulls were in with more than a chance and when the dangerous Kieron Pollard departed for nine, Queensland had begun to sniff a chance.
Cosgrove had other ideas though. His assured and calm presence in the middle in the company of Daniel Christian sealed the issue for the Redbacks, with an over to go.
It’s all about numbers
Earlier, Queensland Bulls had elected to bat after winning the toss at the Adelaide Oval and were given a superb platform by James Hopes, who plundered 63 off 45 balls.

The Aussie limited overs specialist did not get enough support from the Bulls middle order apart from Lee Carseldine (20) and Andrew Symonds, who remained unbeaten on 27 from 23 balls.


Afridi turned the screws on with the ball as well, conceding only 25 runs off his four overs and picking up the important wicket of Hopes.
He was well supported by Christian, Mark Cleary and Aaron O’Brien, who chipped in with a wicket each.

Top Performer: Shahid Afridi
The Bulls have yet to open their account in the points tally and will rely on some heavy fireworks from Hopes and Symonds to determine their future in the current edition of the KFC Twenty20 BigBash.
 
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