Former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood hit a last ball six to seal pulsating four wickets victory for the Surrey against Gloucestershire in their domestic NatWest T20 Blast match at the Oval on Wednesday.
He kept his cool on the hottest day in London. 40 year old Mahmood showed he still knows how to finish a enthralling match.
Gloucestershire’s 20 year old quick Craig Miles was bowling the last ball of the penultimate over of Surrey’s innings. Mahmood pulled the ball over the deep square leg for massive six to surpass the visitor’s 154 for five.
After the match, Mahmood said: “I knew when I connected that it would be six. I had missed the previous ball, which was also short, and I thought the last one would also be short.
“There was a bit of a delay between the last two balls, as they discussed with the bowler what he was to do, and that helped me because I had a little bit more time to get myself calm and collected,” he added.
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger refused to blame Miles for the defeat.
“Craig bowled a fantastic last over to get them from wanting nine off six balls to six from the last ball. He also executed exactly what we asked him to do with that last ball – so there´s no blame on him,” the Australian insisted.
Here is the video: Azhar last ball six off Craig Miles
Six off the last ball to win? Surrey Cricket’s Azhar Mahmood only goes and smashes it over the ropes. What. A. Finish!
Posted by NatWest T20 Blast on Wednesday, July 1, 2015