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Lahore Qalandars Vs Islamabad United | Eliminator 2 | PSL 7 Dawson’s Powerplay Spell Since joining the Islamabad United team, left-arm spinner Liam Dawson  has made an impact in an unanticipated capacity: he has taken wickets with the new ball. With a low economy rate of 5.15 runs per over, Dawson is the Powerplay’s second-highest wicket taker (only Shaheen has taken more).

With the new ball, Dawson has preferred to bowl shorter lengths, with 77% of his deliveries pitching shorter than 5.15 meters. Lahore Qalandars 168 for 7 (Shafique 52, Ghulam 30, Wiese 28*, Dawson 2-24) beat Islamabad United 162 all out (Azam 40, Hales 38, Rauf 2-31) by 6 runs |

It was a contest of data against vibes, and at a packed Gaddafi stadium where the vibes were overwhelmingly pro-Lahore, Lahore Qalandars pulled a rabbit out of the hat to stun Islamabad United by six runs and book themselves a final berth. 

Chasing 169, Islamabad United looked well on course for much of their innings, spearheaded by a 79-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Alex Hales and Azam Khan. But quick wickets at the death saw United lose their nerve, and Lahore crept back into the contest by stealth.

With seven required off three balls, United’s No 11 Waqas Maqsood smashed one in the direction of wide long-on. Abdullah Shafique held on to the catch, inches short of the boundary, and as the heavens opened, it really felt like the Qalandars’ PSL title drought might finally be coming to an end.

Wiese’s all-round heroics put Lahore Qalandars in PSL final

Having smacked 28 off 8, he sealed victory by bowling the final over of a seesawing thriller

Today, the Hampshire player continued with that strategy, picking up the crucial early wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Phil Salt. Both batters were unable to adjust to Dawson’s length, with Fakhar caught attempting to cut Dawson’s shortest ball and Salt bowling when backing away to one of Dawson’s fullest deliveries after being pushed back by the two deliveries before it.Abdullah Shafique’s Counter Assault

Dawson’s initial spell had diminished Lahore Qalandars to 9/2 toward the finish of the fourth finished, with youthful Abdullah Shafique joined by Kamran Ghulam at the wrinkle.From this point on, the Pakistani duo launched a counterattack, scoring 12 or more runs in five consecutive overs to rapidly rebuild the Qalandars’ innings.

During this rebuild, Abdullah Shafique, a 22-year-old, was the best batter. He played a variety of lofted drives, cuts, and pull shots to get Qalandars out of danger and played with good control.After Abdullah Shafique’s innings, the Lahore Qalandars struggled through the remaining Middle Overs, frequently losing wickets, and reached 112-5 with just 5 overs remaining.Islamabad United would have been pleased with the outcome given that their death bowling unit is the leakiest in the PSL this season, allowing 12.31 runs per over. 

The Qalandars batters may have been less aggressive if there were no remaining wickets.This did happen in part, with United giving up 29 runs in the first four death overs. However, David Wiese’s brutal takedown of Waqas Maqsood in the last over kept the game tied.Waqas Maqsood’s one-dimensional full bowling style perfectly capitalized on David Wiese’s brutal full pitched pace bowling strike rate (171) and average (25) when facing deliveries pitched fuller than 6 meters.

A brief mention must be made of Mohammad Hafeez’s innings. While his “get set and cash in” strategy is well-documented, his 28-ball innings had a negative impact on his batting today. Some would argue that he wasted balls that David Wiese could have faced, while others may value his wicket preservation, which allowed Wiese to hit in the first place. 

Islamabad United’s aggressive Power Play strategy continues Islamabad United has been historically good in the Powerplay this season. Prior to today’s match, they had an Average Batting Impact in the Powerplay of +10.1, which was the highest for a PSL season. This aggressive Power Play strategy, which also prioritizes wicket preservation, was anticipated to continue in today’s matches.

As Islamabad United discovered today, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s attempt to attack the Powerplay’s leading wicket taker this season is a risky move that yields little reward.They attacked nine of Shaheen’s twelve Powerplay deliveries, scoring 15 runs but losing Paul Stirling and Will Jacks to dismissals.

Shadab Khan, United’s number four, came and went, scoring 14 runs off 8 hits. Islamabad United then brought in pinch-hitter Liam Dawson, who scored 12 runs off 6 hits before being struck out right at the end of the Powerplay. This may have been a small sacrifice for a good gain, considering Dawson would likely bat seventh or eighth in their “usual” lineup.After a powerplay score of 47-4, the game usually goes heavily in favor of the bowling team. However, given the batting resources Islamabad United had, maybe it was worth it to sacrifice one or two extra wickets to get ahead of the 169 target. 

Islamabad United started the middle overs quickly after the Powerplay, and even though Lahore Qalandars did not have their key player, Rashid Khan, they were unable to stop Hales and Azam Khan from scoring quickly.The two players scored at 9.00rpo between Overs 7 and 15 – with Azam Khan’s 39 off 26 accompanying a bogus shot level of 8% contrasted with Alex Hales’ 12% misleading shot rate while scoring 32 off 20 – speedy scoring, risk free betting at its best as both right-handers decreased the speck balls and benefited from any free conveyances.With six overs remaining, Islamabad United were clear favorites with a score of 126/5 in Lahore Qalandars Vs Islamabad United | Eliminator 2 | Match 33 | PSL 7

Shaheen’s Captaincy Gives Qalandars a Chance Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the rare captains who, whenever he is trailing, uses the aggressive option to try to regain control of the game and give his team a chance of winning.In today’s game, his aggressive move was to come back on early after the Islamabad United middle-overs charge, and he did so in Over 15, bowling a 4 run over at the required rate of 7.80 in Lahore Qalandars Vs Islamabad United | Eliminator 2 | Match 33 | PSL 7.

He continued to frontload his premium bowling options between Overs 15 and 19, despite the fact that he needed an over from David Wiese to fulfill his fifth bowler quota;himself and Haris Rauf each bowled two overs, and Zaman Khan played an over in between.Islamabad United were reduced to 161/8 by Qalandars’ 3 wickets and 35 runs in those 5 overs, requiring David Wiese to bowl 8 runs from the final over as the skies opened in Lahore.

After a disastrous final over for Islamabad United, in which Mohammad Wasim Jr. refused singles and was run out for failing to slide his bat in, David Wiese and co. pulled off a death bowling heist to send Lahore Qalandars into Sunday’s final, where Shaheen Shah Afridi’s captaincy style will undoubtedly once more have an impact with the trophy at stake.Lahore Qalandars defeated Islamabad United 162 all out (Azam 40, Hales 38, Rauf 2-31) by 6 runs in a contest of data against vibes at a packed Gaddafi stadium where the vibes were overwhelmingly pro-Lahore. 

Wiese’s all-round heroics put Lahore Qalandars in the PSL final. Having smacked 28 off eight balls, he sealed victory by bowling the finalFor the majority of their innings, Islamabad United were chasing 169 runs, led by a 79-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Alex Hales and Azam Khan.However, quick wickets at the end caused United to lose their composure, and Lahore sneaked back into the game stealthily.

Waqas Maqsood, United’s number 11, smashed a shot wide long-on with seven balls remaining.The Qalandars’ PSL title drought seemed to be finally coming to an end as Abdullah Shafique held on to the catch, which was just inches from the boundary.

After the fact, it’s possible that United’s predicament will be pondered for countless hours.They were effectively coasting toward their goal, needing 39 of the last five.Oddly enough, the Qalandars had defended precisely that equation in one of these two teams’ group games. When Haris Rauf removed Hales, there was a glimmer of hope that history might repeat itself, even though Lahore were sloppy.

Shaheen Afridi didn’t get a wicket because of a no-ball, but Asif Ali hit one from Rauf right in the slot for six to make the equation 10 off 10.However, Asif’s fateful decision to attempt to bowl Haris off the final ball of the penultimate over when retaining the strike appeared to be the right call resulted in his defeat, and the Qalandars were back in the game.

From there, the decision-making process only got more confusing.To make it eight off four, Mohammad Wasim refused singles off the first two balls of the final over. He then tried to come back for a suicidal second, leaving Maqsood at No. 11 in charge.He almost sent the main ball he looked over cow corner, yet he, and Joined together, would wind up inches short.In the rain, David Wiese and his band celebrated maniacally, and a large crowd joined in on the madness.

All of this took place in a game in which the Qalandars had appeared to be dancing to United’s tunes for so long.They chose to bat first after winning the toss; Shadab Khan pointedly stated that he would have bowled regardless of the forecast for rain. After four overs, they were 9 for 2 and lost Fakhar Zaman and Phil Salt to Liam Dawson’s excellent opening spell.

The Qalandars got back into the game thanks to a fantastic rearguard by Abdullah Shafique and Kamran Ghulam, who scored 73 runs off 42 balls.Shafique’s 28-ball 52 had an elegant violence to it because he seamlessly switched from traditional shotmaking to brute-force hitting. For a while, United’s attack seemed to have been stopped.

That couldn’t go on forever, so United came back strongly.Shadab Khan misled Ghulam in the air to end the partnership, and Harry Brooks was bowled out by self-destructive running while Shafique was bowled by Maqsood.After Qalandars reached 141 in 19 overs, their constant savior Wiese smashed 27 off the final over to give his team something to bowl at.

The star-studded bowling lineup at Qalandars decided it was time to rise to the occasion.Paul Stirling, who was back in the game, was caught by Rauf in a stunning way off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi. As a result, Hales didn’t get a strike and only got eight balls in the powerplay.Lahore kept chipping away at the opposing team, and Will Jacks, Shadab Khan, and Liam Dawson all fell before the powerplay was over.

However, Hales and Azam played crucial knocks to keep United in the hunt, just like yesterday.As United began to break the back of the chase, Azam hit a four and a six off Mohammad Hafeez’s lone over, and Hales did the same to Samit Patel.In the field, the Qalandars briefly lost their discipline.Saw three balls in succession, in the following order:a Hales drop that went for six, five wides, and a second Hales drop made the total suddenly 55 off 47 with six wickets in hand.

Qalandars entered the contest once more thanks to a careless run-out to eliminate, as was to be expected, Azam, but Hales was finally removed by a clever catch from Ghulam.Even though Shaheen’s poor final over put United back on top, the Qalandars were suddenly sneaking into United’s tail.Hasan Ali was trying to hit a six when Zaman Khan, who had a great tournament, called it quits. The game would go on for a long time.

Wiese would attempt to bring this mysterious Qalandars team back into the game, and the second innings would conclude similarly to the first.This South African-Namibian all-rounder has, in many ways, embodied Qalandars’ struggles over the past few years, from their mesmerizing brilliance to their depressing listlessness.However, Shafique’s expression of happiness as he made that last catch suggested that he wouldn’t change it for the world.

However, United would end a fourth consecutive season without a final berth in a tournament in which they had little right to go as deep due to injuries.It was perhaps appropriate that they fell short by precisely that number for the team that extols the virtues of six hits to an almost mesmerizing degree.

After a thrilling 6-run victory over Islamabad United in the second Eliminator, the home team Qalandars advanced to

In the crucial moments of the game, David Wiese turned the game on its head with both the bat and the ball.He was able to defend 8 off the final over with the ball, picking up the final wicket even as the rain got heavier.At the beginning of the over, Islamabad was ahead according to the DLS calculations, and they pursued victory.Before he was run out trying for a second, Mohammad Wasim Jr. prevented singles from the first two balls.The Qalandars were then scheduled to play the Multan Sultans in the final thanks to Waqas Maqsood’s hole shot to deep midwicket.

Islamabad’s chase fluctuated, falling to 46-4 during the powerplay.Shaheen Afridi set the tone when he accounted for Paul Stirling and Will Jacks.However, Islamabad was able to come back with a healthy run rate, and Azam Khan contributed with a 28-ball 40.However, his run out decisively shifted the momentum once more in the Qalandars’ favor.

The Lahore Qalandars were set back early by Liam Dawson’s left-arm spin after choosing to bat.Dawson took the big wicket of Fakhar Zaman in the first over of the innings, catching him at short third man.Phil Salt missed a cut to be bowled as the Qalandars tightened the screws in the first overs, taking another wicket for Dawson.Lahore had a long way to go to pull back after the first three overs, when it was 7/2.

But they were able to find the right men for such a difficult job.Abdullah Shafique and Kamran Ghulam got serious about the fightback.It was launched by a 15-run over against Mohammad Wasim Jr with each player hitting a six.The association went from one solidarity to another in the center overs with Shafique being the assailant.Before Ghulam was bowled out to long off by Shadab Khan, the pair had added 73 quick runs for the third wicket.

The Qalandars were once more pushed back after Shafique left, even though he made it to his half-century.Similarly as they were at risk for tumbling to a less than impressive score, the Qalandars got a colossal lift as an appearance from David Wiese who crushed 27 from the last over bowled by Waqas Maqsood, which ended up being essential in the end.

Brief Ratings: By six runs, Lahore Qalandars defeated Islamabad United 162 all out (Azam Khan 40) with a score of 168/7 (Abdullah Shafique 52).

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