HomeSPORTSCurrent Match Report - Qalandars vs United twenty sixth Match 2022/23

Current Match Report – Qalandars vs United twenty sixth Match 2022/23

Lahore Qalandars 226 for five (Fakhar 115, Kamran 41, Farooqi 3-40) beat Islamabad United 107 all out (Hales 18, Hasan 18, Rashid 4-21, Rauf 2-16) by 119 runs

If Lahore Qalandars’ thrashing of Islamabad United the primary time these sides met this season learn like an aberration, Qalandars gave them one other one, only for good measure. In an imperious efficiency that consolidates their credentials because the favourites to retain this title, United have been swept apart with disdain in Rawalpindi by 119 runs. It’s the heaviest defeat inflicted on any facet in PSL historical past.

Fakhar Zaman‘s 115 within the first innings set them up for an imposing complete – 226 is the Qalandars’ second-highest rating. However after Quetta Gladiators chased down a good greater rating the earlier evening, a chase felt very real looking. That is the place Qalandars’ bowlers shone, working riot by way of Islamabad’s storied batting line-up and skittling them out for 107. In the long run, Fakhar’s particular person rating was greater than Islamabad’s collected remaining tally, one other PSL first.

After 240 hadn’t proved sufficient for Peshawar Zalmi the earlier evening, Lahore’s choice to bat first was intrepid, however confirmed the religion they place of their bowlers, even on a floor like this. The beginning was wobbly, although, with Abdullah Shafique squeezed down leg within the first over. Crucially, Asif Ali dropped Fakhar Zaman when he was on one, and at the same time as early as that within the recreation, it was a sliding doorways second.

After a good couple of overs, Fakhar walloped Fazalhaq Farooqi for 3 boundaries, earlier than plundering 16 in Faheem Ashraf’s first over. Regardless of Kamran Ghulam struggling for rhythm on the different finish, he solely wanted to maintain turning the strike over, and Fakhar was glad to do the harm. By the tip of the powerplay, Lahore have been as much as 65.

However they knew they wanted an enormous rating towards a batting line-up like United’s, they usually saved going. Fakhar took aside Shadab Khan in a seminal second of the competition, whereas Ghulam got here to life towards Mubasir Khan. And Fakhar continued the onslaught towards the United captain in a passage of play the place 49 runs got here off 14 balls, and the run fee ballooned.

United nailed the Qalandars down after Mohammad Wasim dismissed Ghulam, and briefly even threatened to maintain the goal round 200. However as soon as Fakhar survived an especially slim lbw name – with HawkEye deeming a supply crashing into the stumps to have pitched fractionally exterior leg – he was rejuvenated as soon as extra. Alongside Sam Billings, he smashed Wasim for 20 runs within the sixteenth over, and thereafter United’s demise bowling fell aside. He introduced up the hundred in that over, and in a blizzard of boundaries Lahore helped themselves to 72 within the remaining 5.

The notion nearly appears quaint now, however on a Pindi floor that has helped batters out to the extent it has this week, the sport wasn’t over then. After seeing off Shaheen Afridi’s first over respectfully, the United machine started to whirr, taking 27 runs off the 2 following overs.

It was Zaman Khan who broke the sport open for the Qalandars with the wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who he’d tormented by way of the over, earlier than lastly placing him out of his distress with a brief ball. A full supply shaping away drew the curtain on Colin Munro’s innings, and from thereon it was the Rashid Khan present.

Shadab Khan struck one six off him earlier than the Afghan hit again, a prime edge eradicating the United captain cheaply as soon as extra. The wickets have been falling in clumps now; David Wiese quickly removed Alex Hales as he miscued a slice proper on the keeper. Islamabad United’s personal keeper, and center order talisman Azam Khan, was unavailable following a finger damage he’d picked up within the first innings. In this type of kind, these are massive footwear to fill, with the decrease center order hopelessly ill-equipped for the duty towards bowling of this high quality.

That ability was crystallised in an excellent Rashid supply to Mubasir Khan, drifting in round center and whooshing previous the surface edge to trim the surface of off stump. Faheem Ashraf was trapped lifeless in entrance, and by now an Islamabad mauling was inevitable. Rashid made it 4 wickets by cleansing up Asif Ali, and ending with 4-21 on a floor each different batter had discovered to be a paradise.

Haris Rauf wrapped up the sport with the ultimate two wickets in a chastening night at dwelling for Islamabad to seal a top-two spot for his facet. Each of those sides will undergo to the playoffs, however on present proof, the hole between them is a chasm.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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