Lahore Qaladars crush Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets in Eliminator 1

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Muhamamd Hafeez’s super knock drove Lahore Qalandars to a comfortable win against Peshawar Zalmi in a 171 run-chase in the Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK).

Qalandars completed the target after facing an initial stutter due to the fiery spells by Zalmi’ pace attack. 

David Wiese held his nerve towards the end to power Lahore Qalandars to their third consecutive win of the PSL 2020.

With five required off the last two balls, Wiese hammered Brathwaite over the long-on boundary to see his side to win by five-wickets.

With 188 required to win, Fakhar Zaman, batting at the top of the order provided much-needed impetus to the run-chase with a first half-century of PSL 2020.

Lynn, slotted at No 3, formed a solid 94-run partnership with Zaman to take the game away from Peshawar Zalmi. Lynn scored 59 off 32 balls before he was removed by Carlos Brathwaite courtesy a stunning catch from Yasir Shah, running in from long-off boundary.

Ben Dunk, the decimator in Lahore’s previous game against Karachi Kings didn’t hang around for too long with Brathwaite going very full and wide with two fielders in the deep.

David Wiese and Samit Patel then ensured towards the end that the Qalandars got over the line and adding another win to their tally.

Playing first, Peshawar Zalmi set a target of 171-runs for the Qalandars. 

Lahore Qalandars had won the toss and elected to field first.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi paceman Hasan Ali had been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after suffering a back strain.

Hasan was a regular member of the Zalmi outfit throughout their tournament campaign earlier this year before the final four matches of the competition were delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The right-arm speedster was rather ordinary in PSL 2020 compared to his overall stature in the league as he is the second-leading wicket-taker in the tournament s history. Hasan lacked the typical precision during his PSL stint in February-March, and registered only eight wickets in nine innings, conceding at an economy rate of 8.59.