Lahore Qalandars 241 for 3 (Fakhar 96, Shafique 75, Billings 47*, Riaz 2-45) beat Peshawar Zalmi 201 for 9 (Kohler-Cadmore 55, Ayub 51, Shaheen 5-40) by 40 runs
Gaddafi Stadium witnessed a clinic in six hitting on Sunday, as the house facet Lahore Qalandars pumped 18 sixes whereas posting 241 for 3, the season’s highest batting complete. After that, Shaheen Shah Afridi
ran by way of the Peshawar Zalmi batting unit to complete with 5 for 40, thereby guaranteeing a 40-run win for Qalandars in a high-scoring mid-table tussle.
The sport was arrange by Qalandars’ high order, with Abdullah Shafique
(75) and Fakhar Zaman
(96) placing on 120 in 10.3 overs. Shafique was the bulk contributor in that partnership, thumping 5 fours and 5 sixes in his 41-ball innings. As soon as he fell, Fakhar took over proceedings, mauling 10 sixes and three fours whereas charging in the direction of a 3rd T20 century. Nevertheless, he fell 4 in need of the landmark when he mistimed a drive to cowl.
With Fakhar gone, Zalmi had the chance to convey Qalandars’ run-rate down within the slog overs. However No. 4 Sam Billings
didn’t let that occur, crunching 47 runs in 23 balls to go away Zalmi chasing an imposing 242. The 18 sixes struck by Qalandars additionally set a PSL report whereas their complete was the third-highest within the competitors’s all-time checklist.
The Zalmi chase started terribly with Mohammad Haris and Babar Azam falling prey to Shaheen’s new-ball spell. Nevertheless, half-centuries from Saim Ayub
(51) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore
(55) in fast time on a batting-friendly floor stored Zalmi’s run-rate excessive, taking the facet to 119 for two in 10 overs. They performed a giant half in Rashid Khan going for 1 for 49 in his 4 overs, his worst spell in PSL historical past.
However each batters fell within the house of six deliveries and the skilled center order couldn’t come to the fore. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, James Neesham and Rovman Powell produced short-lived cameos however the facet wanted extra runs from them with the goal so stiff.
Shaheen returned in his second spell and capitalised on the Zalmi batters in search of the massive pictures. He picked off Saad Masood, Wahab Riaz and Neesham with the older ball – his fifth five-for in T20s – to take the sting out of the competition, and Zalmi fell properly in need of the goal regardless of a spirited batting efficiency, ending on 201 for 9.
General, it was a day to overlook for bowlers, conceding 441 runs in 40 overs. Zalmi’s Arshad Iqbal (0 for 28) and the Qalandars pair of Zaman Khan (2 for 28) and Haris Rauf (1 for 38) have been the one three bowlers to complete with single-digit bowling economies.