Peshawar Zalmi defeated Lahore Qalandars to remain unbeaten in PSL
Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling attack troubled the Lahore Qalandars from the first ball to restrict them to a never threatening total of 117.
The fifth T20 match of the tournament was played on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi’s captain, Shahid Afridi won the toss and decided to field first to make the most of the conditions and the pitch. Azhar Ali’s Lahore Qalandars were believed to have one of the best batting line-ups in the league with the likes of Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, and Dwayne Bravo. Gayle, however failed to deliver yet again, the format’s most dangerous opening batsman falling victim to Junaid Khan’s wonderful first delivery, this was the first time in his T20 career that Gayle was dismissed on the first delivery. Peshawar Zalmi further got the upper hand when Cameron Delport was run out by Shahid Yousaf’s direct hit, Delport not grounding his bat on time. To make things go from bad to worse, Qalandars lost their 3rd wicket with just 4 runs on the board and this was the reason the rest of the innings turned out to be a slow one.
Umar Akmal tried to help the side to recover from the disastrous start but his loss hampered this mission. Azhar got off to a decent start but couldn’t convert his innings into anything meaningful, a late onslaught from Dwayne Bravo helped the Qalandars reach triple figures and thus ended reaching a low total of 117, the least total in PSL so far. Zalmi’s bowlers never let Qalandars settle and cross run rate of 6 throughout the innings. For the Zalmi, Muhammad Asghar took 2 wickets while Junaid, Wahab and Tait took one wicket apiece.
Lahore’s bowling looked even worse than their batting as Zalmi looked in control of the match as soon as they came out to bat, and kept their nerves till the end to come out with an easy win. Tamim and Hafeez helped Zalmi get off to a flyer, picking the opposition apart in the first few overs and then the pair moved steadily towards the target, Hafeez with a couple of sixes in-between. Mendis got the only wicket for the Qalandars, Rizwan stumping Hafeez but little was left in the match to take advantage of. Tamim eased his way to a deserved fifty, helping his side secure their second win and that too a very comfortable one by 9 wickets.