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Four overs for one run: Irfan breaks T20 record

In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Mohammad Irfan in action during a T20 match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Bridgetown on August 25, 2018.

In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Mohammad Irfan in action during a T20 match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Bridgetown on August 25, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Ashley Allen — CPL T20

The 36-year-old, who hasn't played internationally for two years, dismissed star man Gayle with the first delivery of the innings.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan bowled the most economical spell in Twenty20 history on Saturday, only conceding a run from his final ball.

The giant 7ft 1in (2.16m) left-armer, playing for Barbados Tridents against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, also took the wickets of the usually big-hitting West Indies internationals Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

But Irfan ended up on the losing side anyway, as after he had bowled his maximum four overs, the Patriots chased down their target of 148 with seven balls to spare to win by six wickets.

“I'm really happy. I would've been happier if the team won, but I am happy that I bowled one of the best spells in T20 cricket,” said Irfan after the match.

“I liked bowling on the lively wicket, and I get extra bounce because of my height, so yes, a satisfying performance.”

The 36-year-old, who hasn't played internationally for two years, dismissed star man Gayle with the first delivery of the innings.

Irfan ended with figures of four overs, three maidens, with two wickets for one run.

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