Fakhar, Hafeez steer Lahore Qalandars to thumping win

 Fakhar, Hafeez steer Lahore Qalandars to thumping win
LAHORE  -  Brilliant knocks of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez steered Lahore Qalandars to a thumping nine-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the fourth fixture of the PSL-6 at the National Stadium Karachi on Monday night. 

According to information made available here, chasing 179 to win, the Qalandars got off to a brisk start as openers Sohail Akhtar, the Lahore Qalandars captain, and Fakhar made full use of the batting powerplay, scoring at eight runs per over to post 48 for no loss in six overs. Sohail was first to go in the ninth over as he misjudged a googly from Zahid Mahmood. He scored 21 off 26 balls, hitting three boundaries. Before departing, the pair had knitted 64 runs. 

There was no stopping Fakhar, as the left-handed batsman smoked bowlers all around the ground. He brought up his half-century in the 11th over of the innings off just 31 balls. His partner Hafeez, coming to bat at number three, made full use of a reprieve in the 14th over, when Saim Ayub dropped him at deep mid-wicket. The ‘Professor’ smacked a six and a four in the same over and collected 19 runs off left-arm fast Usman Shinwari. 

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That Lahore Qalandars had an imposing total to surmount was because of Chris Gayle, one of Quetta Gladiators’ platinum pick. The Gayle Storm well and truly arrived in Karachi as the most proficient T20 batsman took Lahore Qalandars to cleaners. Gayle hit five fours and as many sixes in his sizzling knock of 68 off 40 balls, after Sohail Akhtar-led Qalandars elected to field. Gayle, dropped twice on 20 and 31, brought up his maiden half-century in the competition’s history off 32 balls. He contributed a 101-run stand for the third wicket with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

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For Qalandars, Haris Rauf, playing his first game in the tournament, was the pick of the bowlers with three for 38, while Ahmed Daniyal, Rashid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi took a wicket each. With today’s win, Lahore Qalandars, now at the top of the ladder, have won two from as many outings, while Quetta Gladiators are yet to open their account in this edition of HBL PSL and are placed at the bottom of the points table.

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Scorecard

QUETTA GLADIATORS:

Tom Banton c Ahmed b Haris Rauf............................... 4

Saim Ayub c Sohail b Shaheen................................... 3

Chris Gayle b Rashid Khan....................................... 68

Sarfaraz c Dunk b Haris Rauf...................................... 40

Azam Khan c Shaheen b Ahmed............................... 13

Mohammad Nawaz not out..................................... 33

Ben Cutting b Haris Rauf.............................................. 5

Anwar Ali not out......................................................... 1

EXTRAS: (lb5, nb2, w4)................................................. 11

TOTAL: (6 wkts, 20 overs)............................................ 178

FOW: 1-7, 2-12, 3-113, 4-118, 5-142, 6-162. 

BOWLING: Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-43-1, Haris Rauf 4-0-38-3, Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-11-0, Ahmed Daniyal 4-0-29-1, Rashid Khan 4-0-30-1, David Wiese 2-0-22-0. 

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LAHORE QALANDARS:

Fakhar Zaman not out.............................................. 82

Sohail Akhtar b Zahid Mahmood................................ 21

Mohammad Hafeez not out...................................... 73

EXTRAS: (lb1, nb1, w1).................................................... 3

TOTAL: (1 wkt, 18.2 overs)............................................. 179

FOW: 1-64

BOWLING: Mohammad Nawaz 2-0-8-0, Mohammad Hasnain 3.2-0-31-0, Usman Shinwari 4-0-47-0, Anwar Ali 3-0-33-0, Zahid Mahmood 3-0-28-1, Ben Cutting 3-0-31-0. 

TOSS: Lahore Qalandars

UMPIRES: Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob

TV UMPIRE: Rashid Riaz

Match Referee: Ali Naqvi

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