Amir’s reincarnation: Dark night of no-ball ends with dawn of wide-ball

WEB DESK: The match had already added extra value before start of the play with inclusion of Mohammad Amir after five years ban.

Amir comebacks after a gap of 1,965 days. Five years, four months and seventeen days to be more specific.

Amir’s career had came to a halt with the no-ball on August 29, 2010, the last time cricket fraternity witnessed Amir in green attire of Pakistan. A lot happens and changes between then and now, but he is back, ‘a different Amir’.

We can just imagine how much Amir would have achieved in five years.

Amir is officially back in Pakistan team today after five year ban,opposition of senior team mates and visa hurdles. A big cheer goes up when his name is announced as a part of Pakistan team during the toss.

Amir’s first ball wide memorizes Wasim Akram, as he starts with the wide ball too on number of occasions in his career.

Captain Shahid Afridi asked Amir to bowl first over of the innings after Pakistan set 172 runs target.

Shahid Afridi and Sohaib Maqsood dropped catches on Amir’s balls on different occasions. However, at last he got the wicket of Adam Milne on the last ball of his last over.

That wicket becomes his 100th International wicket to make him the 32nd bowler from Pakistan to achieve this milestone. He has 51 wickets in Tests, 25 in ODIs and 24 in T20Is.

Amir completed his quota on 31 for 1 with the economy of 7.75.

Over (Runs) Deliveries
First ( 4 ) w1 1 2 0 0 0 4lb
Second (6 ) 0 1 4 1lb 1 0
Third (11 ) 1 0 1 4 4 1
Fourth (10) 2 0 1 4 2 w1 Wkt

Pakistan won the first T20 by 16 runs and leading by 1-0 in three matches series. Mohammad Amir’s part in the match was slightly low compare to other bowlers but lot of pace and promise for the months to come.