Abdulla emerging as Proteas Twenty20 specialist bowler

May 5th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Gautam Gambhir Cape Town (South Africa), May 5 (ANI): Yusuf Abdulla is being looked at as a genuine, specialist Twenty20 bowler.

The 26-year-old Dolphins and Kings XI Punjab left-arm seamer has confirmed as much during the early stages of the Indian Premier League.

Abdulla has carried his domestic form compellingly into the IPL spotlight, putting a disastrous start to the tournament well behind him to become a trump card for the Kings XI attack.

The Delhi Daredevils’ Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag at Newlands flogged the stoutly built customer for 19 runs in a solitary over on IPL debut, reports Sports24.

He was then a little iffy again as his side lost a second match on the trot, to Kolkata Knight Riders at his Kingsmead home venue, with Abdulla going for 20 runs in two overs.

But a turnaround in the Kings XI’s fortunes - victory in each of their next two outings - has been accompanied by a simultaneous, quite dramatic upswing in fortunes for the South African.

His seven dismissals have come at an average of only 13 and economy rate of 8.27 - borderline acceptable in this format anyway, but even better when you consider the punishment he had taken in the first two matches. (ANI)

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