KARACHI (Dunya News) – Featuring in their game, Mohammad Hafeez scored unbeaten 33 as Lahore Qalandars chased down the target of 141 set by Peshawar Zalmi second match of sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.
Qalandars chased down the 141-run target for the loss of six wickets with nine balls to spare. Mohammad Hafeez anchored the Qalandars innings with an unbeaten 33 off 26 balls, hitting five fours.
Rashid Khan, Qalandars’ platinum pick, blasted his way to 27 as he smashed three fours and a six, which sealed the match, in his undefeated 15-ball knock.
Both batsmen contributed an unbroken 34-run partnership for the seventh-wicket. Before the two came together, Qalandars found themselves in a spot of bother following back-to-back dismissals of Samit Patel (eight off 11 balls) and David Weise in the 16th over as Saqib Mahmood, who returned two for 22, bowled the former and trapped the latter in front of stumps.
Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz also accounted for two batsmen as he finished with the figures of two for 30.
Qalandars were provided an excellent start by Shaheen Shah Afridi. The left-arm quick induced a leading edge off Imam-ul-Haq on the first ball of the match with a delivery that shaped away from the left-handed batsman to provide the first breakthrough.
Shaheen bowled impeccable lengths, denying the opposition batsman any opportunities to score against him, and finished with three for 14 in four overs, which bagged him the player-of-the-match award.
Zalmi’s troubles compounded with the introduction of Rashid, who bowled economical spell of 4-0-14-0 in his HBL PSL debut.
Peshawar were reeling at four for 46 in the eighth over, before Ravi Bopara and Sherfane Rutherford got together and stitched a valuable 64 runs for the fifth-wicket. Bopara, who featured for Multan Sultans in the fifth edition, top-scored with a 44-ball 50. His innings included six boundaries.
Rutherford, picked by Zalmi in the diamond category, scored 26 off 27. His first of two sixes, was the first of the match, hit off David Wiese’s bowling in the 13th over.
After the departure of both batsmen, Amad Butt, batting at number seven, contributed a quickfire unbeaten 23 off 11 balls. His two maximums were hit in the 20th over, which helped the side to a decent finish at 140 for six.
Qalandars’ Mohammad Salman Mirza, making his debut in the HBL PSL after he was drafted in the side as a replacement for injured Dilbar Hussain, ended-up with two for 35. He accounted for Pakistan internationals Kamran Akmal (five off 10) and Haider Ali (first-ball duck), in his opening spell.
While batting first, Zalmi have made 140 runs on the loss of six wickets. Ravi Bopara was top scorer with 50 runs. From Qalandars side, Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed three wickets on 14 runs.
Imamul Haq and Kamran Akmal opened the innings for Zalmi. Imam was sent to the pavilion right after, getting caught out by Ben Dunk off Shaheen Shah Afridi s first ball of the match.
Imam was replaced by Shoaib Malik. The Peshawar franchise lost their second wicket when Kamran tried to flick a boundary, only for it to land straight in the hands of the perfectly positioned fielder.
Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to field against Peshawar Zalmi.
Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz said: "I think it was a good start from their bowling. There was a little bit in the wicket and the bowlers utilized it really well. The [batsmen] should have taken a little bit more time. I think the positive was the way that Shoaib and Ravi and Rutherford, especially the way the fielding fought. We put each and every thing into it to take the game to the last over. The message is very clear for Haider: go out, play your shots, play your game. There is no pressure if you get out or you score runs."
Lahore Qalandars XI: Sohail Akhtar (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Salman Agha, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Salman Mirza.
Peshawar Zalmi XI: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam Ul Haq, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Wahab Riaz (capt), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Saqib Mehmood, Mohammad Imran.