Jake Weatherald, Usman Shinwari help keep Quetta Gladiators’ distant playoffs dream alive
Quetta Gladiators 158 for 5 (Weatherald 48, Sarfaraz 34*, Faulkner 3-25) defeated Lahore Qalandars 140 (David 46, Shahzad 3-14, Shinwari 3-32) by 18 runs. Quetta Gladiators’ bowlers combined for an 18-run victory over the Lahore Qalandars, who had been set up with the bat by Jake Weatherald, Azam Khan, and Sarfa
Usman Shinwari, a left-arm pacer, struck in the first over of the Qalandars chase to give the Gladiators’ defense of 158 a perfect start.Shinwari also bowled Mohammad Hafeez out in the fifth over after getting the opposition captain, Sohail Akhtar, caught behind for a duck on the first ball.
Fakhar Zaman lost his middle stump in the midst of Mohammad Hasnain’s scrambled seam delivery.By the seventh over, the Gladiators had pretty much won the match when Ben Dunk left, leaving the Qalandars five down for just 47 in Quetta Gladiators Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 23 | PSL 6.
Weatherald steps in to fix the Gladiators after James Faulkner got Usman Khan to loft a shot into deep point in the second over. Weatherald started the repair work.Weatherald was held back by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s movement and Faulkner’s accuracy and pace variations at one point, and he was on 7 of 16 deliveries.
Weatherald, on the other hand, got into Ahmed Daniyal in the fifth over, after the Gladiators had scored only 16 runs in the previous four.He drove his slower ball past mid-off for two fours in the over after pulling Daniyal to deep square.
Weatherald also went aggressive against Faulkner with one over of the powerplay remaining, scoring two fours and a six on a guide to third man, a flick to deep square leg, and a pull over the square leg boundary.Weatherald also did not spare Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Rauf, resulting in a final score of 48 out of 41.
After Hafeez and Rashid Khan had removed Cameron Delport and Weatherald in a short period of time, Azam Khan launched a counterattack from No.5.In the 12th over, he bashed Rauf for four fours with a gentle dab, a pull, and a whip down the leg side, followed by a glide to deep point for four, after picking up a boundary from Rashid by skipping down to a googly.
Azam, on the other hand, fell to a well-hidden Faulkner slower ball off the first ball of the 15th after hitting a six off Rashid in the following over.Mohammad Nawaz was returned by Faulkner’s quick reflex catch off his own bowling five balls later.
That marked the beginning of a lackluster batsmanship period for the Gladiators, who managed just 18 off their next 17 balls before Sarfaraz struck two fours and a six for an unbeaten 34 off 27 balls after being on 18 off 19 at one point.
Another Qalandars collapse The Qalandars collapsed once more, going from 23 for 1 to 66 for 7, with Zeeshan Ashraf’s 16 the highest score among their top five, after falling for 124 in their previous match after being 86 for 2 in a chase of 153.
In the seventh over, Nawaz struck a beauty by giving the ball outside off and spinning it between Dunk’s bat and pad as he attempted to drive.In the ninth over, he bowled Rashid with a bowl that was just a touch low.
David fights as the Qalandars go deep Tim David decided to throw everything at the Gladiators bowlers when the Qalandars needed 84 from 45 balls and had three wickets left.He hammered 4, 6, and 6 off the final three balls of Zahoor Khan’s first over, bringing the required rate down to 9.71 from 11.33.David took consecutive fours off Shinwari after Nawaz finished his quota in the next over (he finished with 2 for 16) before he was caught behind off the last ball of the same over, having made 46 off 27 balls.
That wasn’t the end of the Gladiators’ concerns as Afridi hit 12 off 6 and No.11 Rauf contributing with 19 from 7Hasnain, who had been battered by the two tailenders, finished the match with a yorker to dismiss Rauf, bringing the total down to 19 from 13 balls.
Jake Weatherald Usman Shinwari Quetta Gladiators Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 23 | PSL 6. Qalandars PSL A much-needed victory for the Gladiators, but the Qalandars suffer their second defeat in a row.In a few minutes, we will have more action.
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Sarfraz Ahmed is the victorious captain: Our bowlers bowled exceptionally well to the right-handers, and this match and the victory were extremely significant for us. The pitch played a bit differently today.I’m very proud of the boys’ comeback, and the fielding was good, which also helped us build pressure a lot.
Usman Shinwari was named the match’s MVP.I wanted to demonstrate when I had the opportunity, and I’m glad it worked out today.Keep it tight, and wickets would come, was the plan.
Losing captain: Sohail AkhtarWe must take responsibility and bat on such surfaces.We have customized plans for each person.We will attempt to correct the errors.Without taking responsibility, this will be the outcome, especially the batsmen.The ball was coming on nicely, though there was some spin.True, momentum is crucial.
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