Shadab Khan’s best PSL matches

Pakistan bowler Shadab Khan celebrates a wicket at the ICC Cricket World Cup

Published: 17th March, 2020

While Islamabad United have been eliminated at the group stage of the Pakistan Super League, Surrey’s Vitality Blast signing Shadab Khan has shone on a personal level.

Captaining the team at just 21, operating as the go-to man with the ball and taking increasingly more responsibility with the bat, ESPN Cricinfo have adjudged Khan to be the MVP of the group stages.

Khan racked up 263 runs, the fifth most in the tournament to date, at an average of 37.57 while leading the bowling charts for his United team with eight wickets.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at his nine matches in the competition to see just what he could bring to Surrey in the Vitality Blast this summer.

Tickets are available for all seven of Surrey’s home Vitality Blast matches and are priced from just £24 for adults and £1 for U16s during the early bird window.

Quetta Gladiators – 20th February

An inauspicious start for our man as Quetta Gladiators, including our very own Jason Roy – who also enjoyed a strong tournament – defeated Islamabad while Khan failed to take a wicket and scored just eight runs.

Multan Sultans – 22nd February

No wickets for himself and no need to bat but a much happier day for Khan as he picked up his first win as skipper.

Lahore Qalandars – 23rd February

Now this is where he burst into life! The wickets of both Pakistan international Fakhar Zeman and Lancashire captain Dane Vilas saw him return figures of 2/14 from his four overs.

He most certainly wasn’t done there though as, batting at four, Khan hit 52 from just 29 balls with three fours and four sixes to guide his team to the narrowest of victories.

Quetta Gladiators – 27th February

Up against Roy again – the England man hit 50 for Gladiators – Shadab again put in a strong showing, hitting 39 from just 25 balls with the bat, still in the unfamiliar number four slot, and taking the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad. It wasn’t enough to stop Gladiators from coming out on top however.

Karachi Kings – 1st March

Another fifty, more economical bowling but not the right result for his side. Batting at five in this game, Khan shared a 106-run partnership with opener Luke Ronchi contributing 54 from 31 balls.

While he went at below a run a ball in the Kings response, the seamer struggled to keep it tight and the Kings won with eight deliveries to spare.

Lahore Qalandars – 4th March

A whopping 71 run victory in this one and Shadab’s efforts with the ball were a key part of that success. Defending a 198 total that Khan had made seven of, our leggie bowled four overs for just 21 runs. More than that, he removed both big hitting danger men Ben Dunk and Samit Patel.

Peshawar Zalmi – 7th March

Even a brilliant 77 from 42 balls from Shadab couldn’t win this one for his team after rain had cut short the Zalmi chase.

Five fours and four sixes proved his range of hitting as he pushed his side on to 195 from their 20 overs. He’d bowled just one of his four allotted overs when the weather intervened with the chasing side slightly ahead of the rate.

Multan Sultans – 8th March

A disappointing day all-round for Islamabad as they made 91 from their nine overs. Batting up at three now, Khan made 14 from 12 balls with the bat and claimed Islamabad’s only wicket, a caught and bowled of opener Zeeshan Ashraf.

Karachi Kings – 14th March

A defeat to end the group stage but two more wickets for our man here. He bowled Cameron Delport, the left-hander who gave Surrey some treatment in last year’s Blast, and had Iftikhar Ahmed caught off his bowling. Figures of 2/28 took his final wickets tally to eight for the tournament.

Tickets are available for all seven of Surrey’s home Vitality Blast matches and are priced from just £24 for adults and £1 for U16s during the early bird window.

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