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15 April 2024

HBL PSL T20: Lahore Qalandars win after Umar Akmal's 40-ball 93

Umar Akmal of Lahore Qalandars is congratulated by Ahmed Shehzad of Quetta Gladiators after his blistering knock of 93 during Match 8 of PSL at Dubai International Stadium on February 9 2016. (@PSL)

By Cricket Correspondent

Lahore Qalandars got aboard the PSL bandwagon bouncing back after two losses with an emphatic 63-run win against unbeaten Quetta Gladiators in Dubai on Monday night.

Qalandars got their act together by piling a PSL record total of 194-3 thanks to a breathtaking half century from Umar Akmal (93) who smashed eight sixes and six boundaries in his 40-ball power packed innings.

Delport showed the way with a belligerent 55-ball 73 sharing in a partnership of 95 with Akmal as Lahore plundered 132 in the last 10 overs.

Quetta made a valiant bid to chase the daunting target and were in the hunt when Nawaz (42) and Sarfraz (31) during a 64-run alliance before their run chase floundered once they departed.

Gohar had a haul of four for 14 and Mendis 3 for 13.

Quetta innings

Gul is the last man out as Quetta are bowled out for 131 in 16.2 overs.

Umar Gul c Umar Akmal b Zafar Gohar 0 (1b)

Rizwan pulls off a brilliant stumping off a wide with Akbar being adjudged out after much deliberation.  Glad 130-9, 16 overs.

Akbar-ur-Rehman st Rizwan b Zafar Gohar 3 (4b)

Double strike by Mendis as Anwar miscues to point. Glads 129-8, 16 overs.

Anwar Ali c Zafar Gohar b Mendis 3 (3b)

Mendis gets his second as Gladiators are faltering in their valiant bid to chase 195. Gladiators 125-7, 15.2 overs.

Elton Chigumbura c Azhar Ali b Mendis 3 (4b)

Akmal takes a superb catch on the boundary as Nabi slices a pull shot. Gladiators 122-6, 14.3 overs.

Mohammad Nabi c Umar Akmal b Zafar Gohar 6 (6b)

Nawaz is out by a mile being bamboozled by Mendis. Gladiators 118-5, 13.5 overs.

Mohammad Nawaz st Rizwan b Mendis 42 (34b 5x4 1x6)

Zohaib strikes taking the crucial wicket of Sarfraz snaring him out. Gladiators 111-4, 12.3 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed st Rizwan b Zohaib Khan 31 (19b 3x4 1x6)

Cooper has been smacked for a couple of boundaries as Gladiators are still in the hunt. Gladiators 108-3, 12 overs.

Azam goes for 20 as Nawaz slams three boundaries and a six to keep alive Quetta's hopes. Gladiators 89-3, 10 overs.

Nawaz is showing off his all round skills with two sizzling boundaries on either side of the wicket off Hammad.

Mendis has been hit for a couple of boundaries in his opening over. Gladiators 69-3, 9 overs.

Sarfraz brings up the 50 of the innings by sweeping Zohaib for a six over midwicket. Gladiators 51-3, 7 overs.

Lahore are celebrating after getting the prized wicket of Pietersen who miscues Bravo. Gladiators 37-3. 5.4 overs.

Kevin Pietersen c Cooper b Bravo 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)

Gohar strikes as Wright holes out to midwicket. Gladiators 26-2, 3.2 overs.

Luke Wright c Cooper b Zafar Gohar 4 (8b)

Pietersen shows his class by whipping the first ball from Cooper for a boundary. Gladiators 24-1, 3 overs.

Shehzad finally middles it hitting a couple of boundaries off Cooper before being bowled off an inside edge. Gladiators 20-1, 2.5 overs.

Ahmed Shehzad b Cooper 15 (11b 3x4)

Wright (1) survives after Gohar fails to hold on to a return catch as Quetta begin chasing 195. Galdiators 10-2, 2 overs.

Lahore innings

Lahore Qalandars smashed a PSL record total of 193-3 after being put into bat thanks to an exhilarating half century from Umar Akmal whose 40-ball 93 was studded with eight sixes and six boundaries.

Cameron Delport began the onslaught slamming eight boundaries and three sixes in his 55-ball 73 during a partnership of 95 with Akmal.

Qalandars plundered 132 runs during the last 10 overs when Akmal was in full cry.

Umar Akmal's fabulous innings comes to an end falling short of a century. Qaland 193-3, 19.5 overs.

Umar Akmal c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Anwar Ali 93 (40b 6x4 8x6)

Babar traps Delport leg before. Qaland 157-2, 17 overs.

Cameron Delport lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 73 (55b 8x4 3x6)

Akmal whacks a couple of huge sixes off Gul to bring up the 50 partnership with Delport off just 21 balls.

Umar Akmal joins the party by getting a couple of boundaries off Nawaz. Qalan 99-1, 13 overs.

South African southpaw Delport is turning it on dancing down the track to hit Nabi into the second tier followed by a boundary. Qaland 86-1, 12 overs.

Delport has smashed Babar for a couple of boundaries to bring up his half century. Qaland 72-1, 11 overs.

It's raining boundaries from the blade of Delport before Azhar is undone by a short ball from Gul. Qalan 62-1, 10 overs.

Azhar Ali c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Umar Gul 20 (21b 2x4 1x6)

Delport is on a roll pulling Gul fiercely to midwicket for a boundary. Qalan 48-0, 8 overs.

Delport has reverse swept Babar for a boundary. Qaland 41-0, 7 overs.

Delport also gets into his stride by slamming a boundary off Nawaz while Azhar lives dangerously slapping the left arm spinner over extra cover for a boundary. Qalan 29-0, 5 overs.

Azhar Ali rocks back and punches Babar through midwicket for a boundary. Qaland 19-0, 3 overs.

Azhar Ali opens his account by swinging Anwar Ali over long-on for a six. Qaland 8-0, 1 over.

Quetta Gladiators won the toss and elected to field in Match 8 of PSL against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai on Monday.