Lahore Qalandars claim narrow win over Zalmi
LAHORE: The Lahore Qalandars continued to win their second consecutive match against the Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday at the Gaddafi stadium, downing the latter by five wickets.
It wasn't until Brathwaite took two quick wickets that the Zalmi started believing in a win yet again. The West Indian dismissed Bunk for 7 runs off 5 balls and Mohammad Hafeez who scored a run-a-ball 4 runs to turn the tables on the Qalandars.
Earlier, the Qalandars brought their A game against Peshawar Zalmi as fiery half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn put the underdogs in the driving seat of the match at the Gaddafi Stadium.
The Qalandars were off to a flying start with Zaman and Sohail Akhtar hitting boundaries all over the ground. However, a mishap for the Qalandars occurred when a throw from Haider Ali was instrumental in running out Akhtar. He scored 21 off 19 balls, hitting three 4s.
In walked Chris Lynn and he unleashed on the Zalmi bowlers right from the word go. His innings featured towering sixes and fiery 4s. Lynn scored 59 runs from 32 balls before a superb diving catch from Yasir Shah off a Brathwaite delivery saw him return to the pavilion.
Yasir Shah took another catch, a few deliveries later, to dismiss Zaman. He scored 63 from 46 balls, hitting seven boundaries in total (four 4s and three 6s.
A match that had seemed under control for so long finally seemed to wrestle itself free from Lahore’s grips. It was needlessly allowed to go down to the wire but Samit Patel and David Wiese got what needed to be done to get their side their third consecutive win.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi had set a 188-run target against the Lahore Qalandars after they were invited to bat first.
Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik both scored half-centuries, boosting the side's total significantly, despite their loss of seven wickets.
After losing the toss, Zalmi were sent to bat by the Qalandars.
Zalmi suffered an early setback when Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Banton off his first bowl, caught by Mohammad Hafeez.
Shortly after, the in-form Samit Patel took Livingstone's wicket. He scored a disappointing 4 runs off 5 balls before heading to the pavilion.
The dangerous Kamran Akmal hit a four and a six each before he got out, caught by Haris Rauf from a Patel delivery.