HomePAKISTAN CRICKETLatest Match Report - Qalandars vs Gladiators 18th Match 2022/23

Latest Match Report – Qalandars vs Gladiators 18th Match 2022/23


Lahore Qalandars 148 (Raza 71*) beat Quetta Gladiators 131 for 7 (Rauf 3-22) by 17 runs

Defending champions Lahore Qalandars staged an impressive restoration from 50 for 7 to win by 17 runs at Gaddafi Stadium and preserve Quetta Gladiators rooted to the underside of the PSL desk. Sikandar Raza was their hero with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 71 from 34 balls, earlier than the Qalandars assault recovered from a poor begin to comprehensively throttle the chase, led by Haris Rauf‘s 3 for 22. By the tip, they laid declare to the report of joint-lowest complete (148) efficiently defended in a PSL match in Pakistan.
Qalandars have been in serious trouble after being inserted, however got one thing to bowl at by Raza’s first PSL half-century. The Zimbabwe allrounder struck eight fours and three sixes in a shocking counterattack, placing on an eighth-wicket stand price 69 off 6.3 overs with Rashid Khan and serving to to set Gladiators a goal of 149 regardless of being bowled out early.

Gladiators have been seemingly cruising as they reached 53 for 1, with Yasir Khan falling to Rauf from the final ball of the powerplay. Will Smeed had struck six crisp fours in 32 off 25 balls to assist get his aspect forward of the asking fee, however after he fell lbw to Rashid within the seventh over, Gladiators started a slow-motion collapse that noticed them add 11 runs in 5 overs whereas dropping three wickets.

It bought worse for Gladiators when Martin Guptill launched David Wiese down the throat of deep midwicket, with the required fee crossing 10 per over. Odean Smith and Mohammad Nawaz have been dismissed by Rauf as the house aspect took management, conceding simply 5 boundaries within the second half of the innings and guaranteeing the victory was all however safe with an over to spare.

For the primary quarter of the match, it appeared nailed on that the Lahore followers would go house disillusioned. Qalandars misplaced a wicket within the opening over of their innings, Umaid Asif marking his Gladiators debut with a direct hit that caught Fakhar Zaman quick; Umaid’s night time then bought higher when he struck along with his third ball, taking a easy return catch after Mirza Baig top-edged a pull. Naveen-ul-Haq struck twice in as many overs as Qalandars limped to 29 for 4 on the finish of the powerplay.

Qalandars’ makes an attempt to disrupt the circulate concerned sending the captain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, out at No. 6 – he had by no means beforehand batted greater than No. 8 in a T20. It was a partial (and relative) success, as he outscored the remainder of the highest six with 16 off 16, earlier than working himself out on the lookout for a non-existent single within the ninth over. With Abdullah Shafique and Wiese falling to Nawaz both aspect of Shaheen’s dismissal, Qalandars have been seven down at midway.

However Raza hit his sixth ball, from Nawaz, for six, added one other within the subsequent over from Umaid, hit Naveen for 3 fours in 5 balls and took a brace of boundaries off Naseem Shah because the restoration partnership swelled previous 50. Even with Raza’s efforts, Qalandars have been unable to bat their full 20 overs – but it surely turned out the league leaders had greater than sufficient for a fifth win in six.

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