Lahore close to PSL final after ‘professor’ Hafeez’s blistering innings
In the first eliminator match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Saturday (November 14), Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by 5 wickets.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal contributed little in the match, but the Lahore batsman gave a flying start to the team in a big chase. With this victory, Lahore came closer to the final. The team will face Multan Sultans on November 15 in the second eliminator match.
After losing the toss, Peshawar Zalmi scored 170 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the 20 overs. Shoaib Malik scored the highest 39 runs for the team. Besides, Faf du Plessis scored 31 runs and Imam-ul-Haq scored 24 runs. At the end, a little cameo innings of 37 runs off just 16 balls from Hardus Viljoen gave Peshawar a fighting total.
For Lahore, Dilbar Hussain took three wickets and Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and David Wiese took two wickets each.
Chasing the target, Fakhar Zaman got out early in the innings. However, another opener Tamim continued to play aggressively at the beginning. But he had to return in the over of England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood after scoring 18 runs off just 10 balls with 2 fours and a six.
After the departure of Tamim, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez took the charge of the team. Ben Dunk’s 20 off 19 balls and Samit Patel’s 20 off 17 balls with Hafeez’s half-century made victory closer. In the end, Hafeez played an unbeaten innings of 74 runs off 46 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.
Saqib took 3 wickets for Peshawar while Rahat Ali and Mohammad Imran took 1 wicket each.