Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn were in shape at the right time as they stroked for half a century as Lahore Qalandars Peshawar Zalmi defeated Gaddafi at the penultimate ball of the 24th game of HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 ahead of a fully occupied five-door game Stadium on Tuesday.
Fakhar secured four fours and three sixes in a 46-ball 63, while Lynn struck six fours and three sixes in a 32-ball 59 when the batsmen added 116 runs for the second wicket to help Lahore Qalandars overtake the target with 188 runs to help save a ball.
Their stand came after Captain Sohail Akhtar (21) teamed up with Fakhar, who was later declared the player of the game for his match-winning innings, to allow a 50-run start before confusing the innings of the former after a flat and precise game ended throw by Haider Ali from the middle of the wicket at the end of the striker.
After the release of Lynn, Fakhar, Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk, who left in 14 balls for 14 runs, there was a late commotion in Qalandars’ chase.
Despite this, David Wiese (17 not eliminated) and Samit Patel (11 not eliminated) kept cool heads on their shoulders to help the home team book their fourth win in eight games.
Qalandars had needed 32 of 18 balls, 24 of 12 balls and eight of the last balls. After three singles of the first four balls, Wiese’s Straight Six led to enormous celebrations ahead of Carlos Braithwaite when another full house witnessed a remarkable chase by the Qalandars two days after chasing 188 against Karachi Kings by eight gates.
Qalandars’ victory opened the tournament with second-placed Peshawar Zalmi, who is separated by three points by the sixth-placed Quetta Gladiators. Multan Sultans already have a place in the playoffs as they do pretty well with 11 points after seven games.
Karachi Kings is fifth with seven points but has three games in hand. However, the teams are former champions Islamabad United (seven points from nine games) and defending champion Quetta Gladiators (six points from eight games).
The gladiators will meet Multan Sultans at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday. The game starts at 7 p.m.
Previously, Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik had completed 116 runs for the fourth wicket to lift Peshawar Zalmi for seven to 187 after slipping 3.2 overs to 24 after starting the bat.
Haider scored a 43-ball 69, his highest score of the tournament to date, with four fours and four sixes, while Shoaib continued his good form with the racket with equally impressive 62 of 43 balls with seven fours and two sixes.
The two batsmen hit each other as they fired attractive shots at all parts of the field. It was her cunning eyelash that Zalmi was chasing after a decent result when she collected 97 runs in nine overs after the powerplay overs had 42 runs for losing three gates.
Although the third Wicket partnership laid the foundation for the final attack, Zalmi has only managed 39 runs in the past five overs.
During their innings, both batsmen also hit the 200 run mark – Haider Ali 238 runs and Shoaib Malik 209 runs – with the 10 batsman list still being led by Islamabad United’s Luke Ronchi (266 runs).
Their partnership ended on the 16th when Shoaib was eliminated in the middle of David Wiese against Fakhar Zaman, while Haider dropped 13 balls later when Ben Dunk caught him a short leg in front of Dilbar Hussain.
Qalandars’ decision to roll first was justified by Shaheen Shah Afridi when he sent Tom Banton back on the second ball before Samit Patel sent Liam Livingstone seven balls later into the hut. And when Shaheen Afridi struck again in his second round by firing an informed Kamran Akmal, Zalmi looked at the run at three-thirty before they were rescued by the Haider Ali-Shoaib Malik partnership.
Shaheen Shah Afridi ended up with impressive numbers of 4-0-28-3, which put him second on the bowler list with 11 gates, while Samit Patel ended with two for 37.
Match Summary and Result:
Match 24 – Peshawar Zalmi lost to Lahore Qalandars by five wickets
Peshawar Zalmi 187-7, 20 overs (Haider Ali 69, Shoaib Malik 62; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-28, Samit Patel 2-37)
Lahore Qalandars 189-5, 19.5 overs (Fakhar Zaman 63, Chris Lynn 59, Sohail Akhtar 21; Carlos Braithwaite 3-28)
Player of the match – Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium (7 pm-10.15 pm)
12 Mar – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Stadium (7 pm-10.15 pm)
13 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, National Stadium (8 pm-11.15 pm)
14 Mar – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Stadium (7 pm-5.15 pm)
15 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm-5.15pm); Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, National Stadium (7pm-10.15pm)