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Afridi steals the show for Redbacks

Shahid Afridi and Kieron Pollard came to party for the Southern Redbacks, leading them to a 29-run victory over the Western Warriors at the WACA on Tuesday.
Fans in Perth got their money’s worth with some scintillating knocks from Pollard, Mark Cosgrove, Chris Gayle and Adam Voges. However, the show-stopper was Afridi who stole the match for the Redbacks with his four-wicket haul. The Pakistani all-rounder gave away only 19 runs off his four overs.
Chasing 197 to win, Gayle set the tone for the Warriors with his 44 off 24 balls alongwith Shaun Marsh.
The opening pair built was off to a flier, putting on a brisk 60 runs before the aggressive Gayle retired hurt in the fifth over after straining a muscle.
It's all about numbers
Marsh was joined by Luke Ronchi but did precious little before succumbing to Afridi’s guile.
Warriors skipper Voges steadied the innings and kept the target in sight, scoring a well-paced 45. He was involved in six partnerships; the most significant of which came with Theo Doropoulos.
Gayle returned to the middle after Ashley Noffke became Afridi’s second victim in the 16th over. The Warriors were still 47 runs short of the target, at 150 for six.

The West Indies skipper could add only four to his tally before he threw his wicket away in a bid to up the ante against Tait, who picked up Voges three balls earlier.
The Warriors never looked in contention from thereon, with Afridi polishing the tail without much fuss.
Earlier in their innings, the Redbacks lost captain Graham Manou and Tom Cooper after they
were put in to bat by the Warriors. At 29 for two, the Redbacks’ innings was held together by opener Daniel Harris and middle order ace, Mark Cosgrove.
Top Performer: Shahid Afridi
Sailing at 77 for two, Redbacks looked comfortable before Aaron Heal got the crucial wicket of Harris and Afridi, who lasted for only one delivery.
Some sloppy fielding by the Warriors – Cosgrove was dropped twice before he reached he reached five– cost them dearly. Getting two breathers, Cosgrove hit the Warriors all over the WACA for 42 off 29 balls. However, his blitzkrieg came to end when he was caught by Doropoulos off Gayle.
Trindad and Tobago batting sensation Pollard then came to his own with a 31 ball 45, studded with four boundaries and three sixes. Cameron Borgas chipped in with a valuable 34 as he helped the Redbacks set up a challenging score.
 
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