Match 24: Qalandars Move to 3rd After a Nervy Win Against Zalmi

Lahore Qalandars (189/5) beat Peshawar Zalmi (187/7) by 5 wickets
Man of the Match: Fakhar Zaman (LQ)

 

Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to field first.

1st Innings

Samit Patel was in the mood yet again and he was quick to get two wickets in his first couple of overs to dent Peshawar Zalmi’s first innings. He removed Kamran Akmal for the fourth time in PSL after Shaheen Afridi got Tom Banton out for a duck.

It provided teenager, Haider Ali, the opportunity to go on and score his first-ever PLS fifty. He became the youngest ever player in PSL history. Shoaib Malik also scored a half-century to set a strong target for Lahore.

Haider made 69 while Malik added 62. Zalmi posted 187/7 in their 20 overs.

2nd Innings

Lahore openers added fifty for the first wicket, only to throw away the perfect start with a bizarre run-out. After that, it was a brilliant partnership of 96 between Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn to take Qalandars within the touching distance of a win.

The two scored fifties, however, both got out at the wrong time when the team needed them most.

Needing 40 from 4 overs, Qalandars had Ben Dunk and Mohammad Hafeez on the crease. Hafeez couldn’t quite play the role he was entrusted with and got out after scoring just 4 runs, making the chase even tenser.

Looks like Zalmi had cracked the code as they removed Dunk for 7. It was a nervy finish as David Wiese and Samit Patel were there to win it for Lahore.


Pre-Match

After a day’s break, Lahore Qalandars are back in action at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore and they will be taking on Peshawar Zalmi. It’s their 8th match and if they can get another win, it would make things very interesting in terms of the qualification scenarios.

Peshawar, on the other hand, can seal play-offs qualification if they win tonight. It is going to be an absolute thriller if Lahore batsmen can take some responsibility to lift some weight off Ben Dunk’s shoulders.

Match Details

Date Tuesday, 10th March 2020
Time 07:00 pm PST
Venue Gaddafi Stadium Lahore

Head-to-Head

Lahore Qalandars will be hoping to improve their record against former champions as they have won only one game out of the 9 matches they have played so far.

Playing XI

Lahore Qalandars:
Fakhar Zaman, Chris Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (C), Samit Patel, Ben Dunk (WK), David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Irshad, Maaz Khan, Dilbar Hussain

Peshawar Zalmi:
Tom Banton, Kamran Akmal (WK), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Liam Livingstone, Liam Dawson, Carlos Brathwaite, Wahab Riaz (C), Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah

Players to Lookout For

Lahore Qalandars:
Sohail Akhtar’s contribution in the last match was not lauded as much as it deserved, however, he played a crucial role in the win alongside Ben Dunk.

Peshawar Zalmi:
Tom Banton is a big match player and he will have to prove it tonight.


Here’s the updated PSL 2020 points table. You can find the complete PSL 2020 schedule here.

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