Rashid Khan takes five as Qalandars extend lead at the top
In Lahore Qalandars Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 17 | PSL 6 Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi 160 for 8 (Malik 73, Umaid 23*, Rashid 5-20, Faulkner 2-23) by ten runs after the drama of Wednesday night.
The Qalandars ensured that their victory on late Thursday night would be slightly more straightforward by defeating Peshawar Zalmi by ten runs. Tim David’s 36-ball 64 set up a stiff target after the Qalandars were 25Rashid Khan’s magical five-wicket haul, his first in franchise T20 cricket, tore the heart out of Zalmi’s middle order, preventing Shoaib Malik’s determined 48-ball 73 from getting them over the line.
However, the Qalandars did not avoid the scenic route because of this.When they were reduced to 25 for 4 after eight overs, the men in green appeared to have given up on the game.After that, however, Ben Dunk and Tim David’s match-saving partnership of 81 runs brought Qalandars back on track and made it all Qalandars in Lahore Qalandars Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 17 | PSL 6.
After that, David and James Faulkner worked together to crank it up a notch in the final six overs, scoring 90 runs.With a 36-ball 64, the Singapore batter set Zalmi up for a tough 171 run victory.
Zalmi would end up having a disastrous start just like the Qalandars did, losing Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali in the first over to Faulkner. Faulkner’s unstoppable start in the PSL may even get Australian selectors to start paying attention in a World Cup year.Zalmi was interested in a 51-run stand between Malik and David Miller prior to the Rashid Khan show.
Zalmi would have a hard time reading or playing the legspinner, so he would tear apart the middle order.Zalmi were almost out of the competition when he finished casting his spell.Zalmi had been given too much to do, but Umaid Asif’s casual cameo at the death kept the Qalandars on edge.
Zalmi’s stifling start The Dunk-David partnership possessed the ability to win most Twenty20 matches, but it’s easy to forget how hopeless their starting position was.That was the case as a result of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan’s excellent opening innings, in which they beat the batter’s tentative outside edges so frequently that it could have been a Test match using a new Dukes ball in overcast English conditions.
Irfan got an outside edge from Qalandars captain Sohail Akhtar after Riaz mixed up the length deliveries with a precise yorker to dismiss Fakhar Zaman in the first over.
Asif proved Mohammad Hafeez’s undoing with a devilishly quick bouncer that the batter toe-ended to additional cover as Zalmi continued to dish out blows.Riaz made an incredible diving catch at mid-off, saving Mohammad Faizan, who had a terrible little innings and seemed to lack both skill and determination.With the No. 21, it was his 21st delivery.3 only managing eight runs.It brought Dunk and David together, and the Qalandars were saved by them.
Rashid Khan masterclass Although it might be simpler to copy and paste the lavish praise that the Afghan superstar received for his performance against Islamabad United, this was a performance that was even more imposing in Lahore Qalandars Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 17 | PSL 6
He started carelessly with a couple of unpredictable balls down the leg side, and his first over wound up going for 15 runs – six a greater number of than he had permitted in his whole spell on Wednesday.
However, a mesmerizing second over completely altered the game’s course.After the quick defeat of the openers, Malik and Miller had quietly developed a partnership that was becoming increasingly important for Zalmi.
As the asking rate approached 11, players like Sherfane Rutherford and Fabian Allen were to follow.Zalmi, on the other hand, observed a much more extensive breach in their defenses when Khan had Miller chopping onto his stumps in the tenth over.Two balls later, Rovman Powell attempted a sweep shot but failed;be that as it may, the third Khan over was the good to beat all.
Rutherford appeared to be plumb on the first pitch, and the batter was only spared by the faintest hint of a glove on it.He then threw in the standard legbreak, a magical delivery that sent the off stump bail flying after a few more googlies.Again, the impact on the pads being slightly outside off was the only thing that saved the unfortunate Allen, who appeared to be dead in front first ball.
However, Khan would win the game, finishing him off with a googly the next delivery, and the umpire did not hesitate to raise his hand.He would return to eliminate Riaz and complete a five-for, his figures of 4-1-20-5 not being in the least bit flattering.
David: a hidden gem What is it about men named David that help the Qalandars win games?Any reasonable person would agree David wasn’t commonly known in Pakistan when the Qalandars plumped for him in the substitution draft, yet he surely is currently.
It is nearly impossible to replace David Weise for the Qalandars, but David has made a sparkling start.His 64 against Zalmi provided much more substance after his priceless cameo against United.Early on, he was a part of a sensible rebuilding effort with Dunk that put keeping wickets first.
However, he appeared to be increasing the run rate without taking risks.He scored his half-century in 30 balls by pulling Riaz over midwicket for six, then added two more in the final over to ensure that his team never lost its vice-like grip on the game.
Where they stand The Qalandars have won five of their last six games, extending their lead at the top of the table.Zalmi loses and falls to fourth place.
Rashid Khan, Ben Dunk, Tim David, James Faulkner, and Shoaib Malik are the Lahore Qalandars, the Peshawar Zalmi, and the Quetta Khawaja.Islamabad United’s return to winning ways with a massive victory against Quetta Gladiators on Friday (June 12) was powered by Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja, who chased down the 134-run target in 10 overs to propel Islamabad to third place.On a wicket that appeared to have demons for the batters only an innings earlier, when Quetta Gladiators crawled their way to 133 after being put in to bat, the left-handed pair took advantage of the dew and smashed an unbeaten 137-run stand.
Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr., and Muhammad Musa each picked up a double for Quetta, making up just four of the 11 batters who took the mound.None of the batters were able to maintain a partnership beyond the fourth wicket-stand between Azam Khan and Jake Weatherald, which resulted in a 39-run partnership in 5.1 overs and was the highest score of the innings.
Wasim put on another impressive performance with the ball, driving it hard into the pitch and challenging the batsmen on a surface where the ball sometimes held on and sometimes zipped at others.From his allotted number of overs, he only gave up 12 runs.As wickets kept falling, attempts to deliver the lusty blows toward the end proved fruitless.
When Munro and Khawaja walked out to bat, neither player showed any signs of fear. In the first over, Khawaja smashed Naseem Shah for four boundaries and scored 19.He frequently stepped out to the pacers because he was so comfortable with the surface’s characteristics.The assault quickly shaken the bowlers and caused their lines to wander.Khawaja hit Mohammad Hasnanin’s short delivery over the fine leg fence to make it 50 for the partnership on the 16th ball of the chase.
Khurram Shahzad, who had bowled the cheapest over up until that point, started the next over with two no balls and was bowled out for a boundary and a six.Gladiators had no way back after giving up 97 in powerplay overs.Indeed, even as the progression of limits diminished from there on, it just postponed the inescapable.
Munro was the more aggressive of the two, pacing to a unbeaten 90 in 36 balls with 12 boundaries and 5 sixes.Although Khawaja appeared to be the more melancholy of the two, he also performed admirably throughout his innings, scoring 41 runs off 27 deliveries.Not only did their third win of the season propel them to third place in the points table, but it also significantly increased their Net Run Rate.
With their fourth loss in five games this season, the Quetta Gladiators, on the other hand, remain in a poor position at the bottom of the table.
Brief Ratings:Quetta Combatants 133 of every 20 overs (Jake Weatherhald 43, Azam Khan 26;Mohammad Wasim Jr. (2-12, Hasan Ali 2-24) was defeated by Islamabad United (Colin Munro 90, Usman Khawaja 41) by 137 runs without loss in 10 overs.
James Faulkner’s all-round performance and lower-order cameos, along with Rashid Khan’s debut in franchise cricket, ensured a comfortable 10-run victory for Lahore Qalandars over Peshawar Zalmi, despite Shoaib Malik’s valiant 73, to keep them at the top of the points table. Faulkner and Rashid also helped Lahore consolidate their position.
Zalmi batted first, and after being reduced to 25 for 4 halfway through the eighth over, Qalandars were put on the back foot early.However, Ben Dunk’s (48) and Tim David’s (64 not out) 81-run partnership laid the groundwork for a remarkable comeback.In his 33-ball outing, Dunk hit three sixes and two boundaries, but he couldn’t reach fifty.Tim David hit 30 balls, including a six off Wahab Riaz in the final over.However, the final cameo of James Faulkner gave Qalandars’ total an extra kick.The Australian allrounder smacked two sixes and a limit at death, making a sum of 22 in the seven conveyances he confronted, to assist his side get done with a serious 170/8 on the board.
However, faulkner wasn’t finished for the afternoon.Before Rashid Khan took over as the tormentor, he bowled the second over and struck out both Zalmi openers in three deliveries to reduce them to 5 for 2.Shoiab Malik (73), a veteran, and David Miller (21), a rookie, put Zalmi’s chase back on track with a 51-run stand.Prior to Rashid’s introduction, the momentum was sucked away with frequent strikes.
Rashid cut off birthday kid Mill operator’s visit before additionally excusing Rovman Powell one ball later in the tenth over.Likewise in the twelfth, he sent back the Caribbean sets of Sherfane Rutherford and Fabian Allen in about two conveyances to leave Zalmi reeling at 73 for 6.
In his final over, he finished his fifer with Riaz’s wicket, and Malik continued the assault from one end with little support.His brilliant 73 runs off 48 balls, which included seven hits to the boundary, were cut short when he stepped on his off stump, effectively ending Zalmi’s glimmer of hope.After that, Umaid Asif dealt three vicious blows that merely reduced the defeat margin.
Brief ratings: Tim David (64), Ben Dunk (48), and Lahore Qalandars (170/8 in 20 overs)In 20 overs, Fabian Allen (2-36) defeated Peshawar Zalmi 160/8 (Shoaib Malik 73;Rashid Khan was 5-20) 10 runs ahead.
With this victory, Lahore maintains their position at the top.Peshawar remains in third place.That is all we have for you today; ta ta! until tomorrow!
Sohail Akhtar, captain of the Lahore Qalandars:We started with a few bad shots.They also bowled very well.We need to improve our powerplay playmaking strategies.The strategy is to keep the winning combination, but we’ll choose based on the wicket.We would try our hardest.
Man of The Match: Rashid KhanI bowled three bad balls in the first over, giving up 14 runs, and I just wanted to get back to my natural length and line.I enjoy bowling with dew whenever it is present.I enjoy bowling with wet balls, but I have trouble with dry balls.But there wasn’t much dew, so I just followed my line and length.
Captain: Wahab Riaz, Peshawar ZalmiWe considered limiting them to 140-150, but we failed to achieve our goal and were ultimately unable to carry out our plans.We need to work on that part in our next game, but their batters deserve credit.He is doing an excellent job in the role that was given to him, Shoaib Malik.He has a lot of experience, and I was pleased with his bat.Rashid is a world-class bowler who halted our momentum, but we ought to have played him better.Everyone is talking to Inzamam, who is a great game legend; there is a lot to learn from him and we hope to win our next game.
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