Pakistan leg-spinner Usama Mir made a dazzling start in the T20 Vitality Blast for Worcestershire Rapids, impressing with both bat and ball in his debut match.
Playing against Northamptonshire on their home ground, Usama showcased his impressive performance in both departments of the game. After choosing to bat first, Usama made a quick impact with his outstanding batting smashing two sixes and a four to score 20 runs off just seven balls. His contribution helped Worcestershire Rapids reach a total of 196/9 in 20 overs.
In the chase, Northamptonshire seemed to be on track to reach the target comfortably, thanks to the efforts of Chris Lynn and Ricardo Vasconcelos. However, Usama turned the tide by bowling out Vasconcelos, bringing his team back into the contest.
Continuing his impressive performance, the 27-year-old leg-spinner went on to dismiss Saif Zaib and Rob Keogh, finishing with figures of 3/21. His efforts played a crucial role in Worcestershire Rapids winning the match by 15 runs.
Usama Mir’s next appearance for Worcestershire Rapids is scheduled against Yorkshire Vikings. The opposing team is led by Shan Masood. The match will take place on May 26th. He will conclude his stint with a final game against Leicestershire on May 29th. The club may consider extending his stay if he maintains his remarkable form in the upcoming matches.
In another match on the same day, Zafar Gohar’s Gloucestershire suffered a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat against Kent. Gohar struggled to make an impact, scoring just eight runs with the bat and conceding 25 runs from his 3.3 overs without taking a wicket.