Today, Peshawar Zalmi beat the Lahore Qalanders by 9 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard.
The Zalmi bowling attack had another blistering effect on their opponent today as they restricted the Qalanders to 116 for 7 in their 20 over. The problem started from the first bowl of the match bowled by Junaid Khan.
With Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Dwayne Bravo, Lahore have arguably the best batting line-up in the Pakistan Super League. But Peshawar had the upper hand right from the first ball – Junaid Khan went full and straight and Gayle’s stumps went for a toss. Two deliveries later, Cameron Delport was run out for a duck courtesy a direct hit from Shahid Yousuf at mid-on. Azhar (31), Akmal (21) and Bravo (32) helped Lahore last the full quota of overs. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar picked up 2 for 11 and an economy rate of 2.75. Shahid Afridi, the captain, finished with 0 for 18 from his four overs.
A required run-rate less than a run a bowl was very easy for a team with openers like Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal. Tamim Iqbal scored 55 not out and with Hafeez scoring 43, 95 runs were added in just 68 balls. The remaining 23 runs left were secured with ease with 24 balls remaining
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