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On this day 12 years ago, Shoaib Akhtar took 4 wickets for KKR on IPL debut

Pakistani spearhead Akhtar dismissed Gautam Gambhir (10), Virender Sehwag (0), AB de Villiers (7), and Manoj Tiwary (9)

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Kolkata Knight Riders | Indian Premier League

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It was on May 13, 2008, when former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar made his debut in the (IPL).

Akhtar played for in the inaugural season of the tournament and he went on to take four wickets in his debut match in the IPL.

Knight Riders was taking on Delhi Daredevils and the side was defending a modest total of 133 at the Eden Gardens.



While batting, Kolkata managed to reach a score of more than 130 due to Salman Butt's knock of 48 runs from 44 balls.

Knight Riders were facing an uphill battle to defend this below-par score.

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However, Akhtar went on to take four wickets and he finished with the figures of 4-11 from his three overs.

The fast bowler dismissed Gautam Gambhir (10), Virender Sehwag (0), AB de Villiers (7), and Manoj Tiwary (9).

This spell enabled KKR to bundle out Delhi for just 110, and the side registered a win by 23 runs.

However, KKR did not manage to reach the semi-finals in the inaugural season of the tournament.

Akhtar just played three matches in his IPL career and managed to take five wickets.

Shoaib Akhtar revisits his IPL debut match


First Published: Wed, May 13 2020. 13:33 IST