Yesterday, the Qalanders of Lahore beat Peshawar Zalmi by 4 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
Cameron Delport slammed his third half-century of the season and picked up three crucial wickets, setting up a four-run win for the Qalandars against Zalmi in Sharjah. Chasing a defend able total of 165, Zalmi recovered well from the wobble of the top order with hits from David Malan but these were not enough to go over the line. With this being said, due to other results in the tournament Zalmi still secured a place in the play-offs.
After being put into bat, the Qalanders lost Chris Gayle early to an in swinging delivery LBW wrongly given out by umpire Jo Wilson. This did not have much affect on Delprt who put up fifty plus stands with Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal to seize the advantage over Zalmi. Delport’s partnership with Akmal for the third wicket destroyed the opposition bowling line-up with 101 runs. Delport hit six fours and three sixes for his 78, while Akmal’s 31 ball 52 featured six fours. Their efforts ensured that Zalmi needed to chase at more than eight an over right from the off.
The spectators felt a some Deja Vu as Tamim Iqbal once again kept the runs going for Zalmi but they lost wickets in a cluster to slum to 95 for 4. Zalmi needed 70 runs from 46 balls at that time, but Malan showed his class in the chase by blasting a 35-ball 42 with three sixes. These blows brought the equation down to just 18 runs in the last 2 overs but Malan was trapped LBW by Kevon Cooper in the first ball of the penultimate over. The contest was tilted to Qalander’s way. Zalmi needed 16 off the last over and despite a six from Wahab Riaz, they could only get to 160 for 7. Cooper (3 for 25) and Delport (3 for 18) were the pick of the bowlers for Lahore.
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