Side register comprehensive nine-wicket win
Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman’s outstanding batting performance was enough as Lahore Qalandars thrashed Quetta Gladiators by nine wickets in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
On Monday at the National Stadium in Karachi, the winning team’s captain Sohail Akhtar won the toss and elected to bowl first.
His decision proved not a great one as Gladiators managed to post a competitive total of 178-6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Top-order batsman Chris Gayle finished the innings with the top score of 68 off 40 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes.
For Lahore, right-arm pacer Haris Rauf was the pick of the bowlers as he registered figures of 3-38 in his quota of four overs.
In reply, Qalandars never looked in any sort of trouble and easily went on to chase down the target at the expense of just one wicket with 10 balls to spare.
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman finished the match with the top score of 82 not out off just 52 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes whereas veteran right-handed batsman Mohammad Hafeez scored a brilliant 73 not out off just 33 balls, which included five fours and six sixes.
The duo was involved in an unbeaten partnership of 115 for the second wicket.
For his outstanding batting performance, Zaman was named player-of-the-match.
So that’s it from us today. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Till next time. It’s goodbye from us.
And that’s it. Great win for Lahore Qalandars.
That is some hitting. Another expensive over from Shinwari. Seems like his confidence is all over the place.
A brilliant knock from Hafeez once again.
Things are just not going well for the Gladiators.
A match-turning moment.
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Big wicket for the leggie.
Fakhar Zaman and Lahore Qalandars are off to a brisk start.
LQ 29-0 (4 overs)
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Great finish from Nawaz to help Gladiators set a tricky 179-run target.
OUT! Another one for Haris Rauf. Brilliant from him. Cutting departs after scoring just five.
QG 162-6 (19.2 overs)
Brilliant from Nawaz. A six and a four against Shaheen Shah Afridi.
OUT! Poor display from Azam Khan once again. He departs after scoring.
QG 142-5 (17.1 overs)
Another big one for the Qalandars. They are well and truly back in the contest.
And that’s a big one.
And you surely CAN’T do it twice.
Ahh. You can’t do that young man.
At the end of the powerplay:
QG 38-2 (6 overs)
OUT! Shaheen Shah Afridi gets the second scalp as young Saim Ayub once again fails to impress with the bat and departs after scoring three.
QG 12-2 (2.3 overs)
OUT! Rauf gets a big wicket of Tom Banton who departs after scoring four.
QG 7-1 (1.5 overs)
So the match is about to start and we have a new opening partnership for the Gladiators. It’s Tom Banton and young Saim Ayub to open.
Here are the playing XIs for today’s match.
The news from the centre is that Lahore Qalandars have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Welcome to the live blog for the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators.