Yesterday, the Lahore Qalanders beat Quetta Gladiators by 63 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
With a blistering 93 of 40 balls by Umar Akmal guided the Qalanders to their first win of the season against the favourites of the tournament the Gladiators. The 63-run defeat was Quetta’s first of the tournament, after they had set the early pace with three consecutive wins.
Not many expected Umar Akmal to destroy a pretty strong bowling attack of the Gladiators when the Qalanders were 62 for 1 in 10 overs. Cameron Delport ignited the initial spark at the start of the innings and Umar Akmal caught fire to it at the back end. Although the carnage could have been cut short – Akmal survived a close lbw shout off the third ball he faced and Zulfiqar Babar was visibly distraught when it was given not out.
Babar eventually trapped Delport lbw when he attempted a reverse flick, but that had no affect on Akmal and if the Gladiators wanted to dry up the runs, Akmal was their man but he had other plans for the match. He treated himself with 6 fours and 8 sixes. The penultimate over which was bowled by Umar Gul went for 18 runs. Akmal did not get his maiden T20 ton but definately set a total to make the Gladiators work for every run.
10 runs an over were needed from the first ball so the Gladiators openers had to go for it but the Qalanders spinners had different plans. They took wickets at regular intervals and only Mohammed Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed offered some resistance but as they went so did the hopes for the Gladiators. When Sarfaraz was stumped of Zafar Gohar’s bowling in the 13th over, the Gladiators lost their next 6 wickets for just 13 runs and were handed a plate full of defeat at 131 all out. Zafar Gohar was the pick of the bowlers, collecting 4 for 14, while Ajantha Mendis chipped in with 3 for 17.
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