PSL T20: Lahore Qalandars stun Peshawar Zalmi in Sharjah thriller
Lahore Qalandars kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout round with a thrilling four-run win over Peshawar Zalmi in Match 15 of PSL at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 165, Peshawar were cruising at 135-4 after 16 overs when Kevon Cooper triggered a mini collapse claiming three for 25.
Delport also struck at regular intervals to finish with three for 18.
Needing 16 off the last over, Riaz managed a six but Adil kept his nerve to deny Peshawar who finished on 160-7.
Riaz hammers a massive straight six off Adil as Zalmi need 8 off 2 balls.
Peshawar need 16 off the last over with Wahab on strike with Adil bowling.
Cooper has struck another crucial blow with a terrific yorker that traps Malan leg before. Zalmi 147-7, 18.1 overs.
Dawid Malan lbw b Cooper 42 (35b 3x6)
Sammy is gone after hammering a towering six off Cooper. Zalmi 141-6, 16.5 overs.
Darren Sammy c Zohaib Khan b Cooper 6 (4b 1x6)
Cooper makes a crucial breakthrough running out Yousuf. Zalmi 135-5, 16.1 overs.
Shahid Yousuf run out 16 (11b 3x4)
Malan slams a might six off Adil. Zalmi 135-4, 16 overs.
Rasool goes for 20 with Malan whacking a six and Yousuf smashing three boundaries. Zalmi 117-4, 14 overs.
Afridi perishes after hamering a boundary off Delport with Umar Akmal pouching a skier. Zalmi 95-4, 12.2 overs.
Shahid Afridi c Umar Akmal b Delport 9 (6b 1x4)
Delport has struck again as Ali pouches a skier from Kamran. Zalmi 81-3, 10.3 overs.
Kamran Akmal c Azhar Ali b Delport 18 (20b 1x4)
Malan gets going by launching into Zohaib and sweeping him over midwicket for a six. Zalmi 78-2, 10 overs.
Delport strikes taking the big wicket of Tamim who tries to tickle pass the keeper only to get a thick edge. Zalmi 55-2, 6.2 overs.
Tamim Iqbal c Rizwan b Delport 30 (22b 4x4 1x6)
Hafeez greets Cooper with a scorching square cut to the fence before perishing next ball as Azhar takes a superb catch. Zalmi 28-1, 3.2 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez c Azhar Ali b Cooper 9 (7b 2x4)
Tamim wins the battle with fiery Adil pulling a short delivery with a pick-up shot for a six over backward square leg. Zalmi 24-0, 3 overs..
Tamim also gets into his stride with a sizzling cover drive off Bravo. Zalmi 16-0, 2 overs.
Hafeez opens his account with a boundary off Adi by clearing the infield on the off as Peshawar begin chasing 165. Zalmi 5-0, 1 over.
Akmal brings up his half century with a boundary off the final ball as Qalandars made 164-3 after being put into bat.
Delport falls in the final over after adding 101 with Akmal. Qalan 158-3, 19.3 overs.
Cameron Delport c Malan b Junaid Khan 78 (61b 6x4 3x6)
Game on as Delport pulls Tait for a six over square leg. Qalan 145-2, 18 overs.
Akmal begins his assault slamming three boundaries off Riaz who goes for 14. Qalan 134-2, 17 overs.
Delport swings Asghar to the midwicket fence to complete his half century and whacks a half tracker for a six. Qalan 113-2, 15 overs.
Delport picks up a couple of boundaries as Riaz strays on the leg. Qalan 96-2, 13 overs.
Umar Akmal plays a sizzling late cut to the fence off Afridi. Qalan 81-2, 12 overs.
Delport continues his impressive form laying onto a loose ball from Sammy to get a boundary and also passes 2,000 runs in T20 cricket. Qalan 71-2, 11 overs.
Azhar falls to the sustained pressure with the boundaries having dried up with Tamim pouching a skier. Qalan 57-2, 8.5 overs.
Azhar Ali c Tamim Iqbal b Sammy 25 (26b 3x4)
Spin introduced as Delport slog sweeps Ashgar powerfully for a massive six over midwicket. Qalan 41-1, 6 overs.
Azhar gets going charging down the track and slamming Junaid to long-on for a boundary. Qalan 22-1, 3 overs.
Delport punches the first ball he faced from Junaid down the ground for a boundry. Qalan 8-1, 1 over.
Gayle seems to have become Junaid Khan's bunny as the southpaw trapped the Caribbean dasher for a golden duck though replays suggested it was missing the stumps. Qalan 4-1, 0.3 overs.
Chris Gayle lbw b Junaid Khan 0 (1b)
Peshawar Zalmi skipper Afridi won the toss and put Lahore Qalandars into bat in Match 15 of PSL at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Lahore Qalandars: Abdul Razzaq, Adnan Rasool, Azhar Ali, DJ Bravo, KK Cooper, CS Delport, Ehsan Adil, CH Gayle, Hammad Azam, BAW Mendis, Mohammad Rizwan, Naved Yasin, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Zafar Gohar, Zohaib Khan
Peshawar Zalmi: Aamer Yamin, Abdur Rehman, J Allenby, Hasan Ali, Israrullah, CJ Jordan, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, DJ Malan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hafeez, Musadiq Ahmed, DJG Sammy, Shahid Afridi, Shahid Yousuf, SW Tait, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz
Quetta Gladiators regain top spot
Quetta Gladiators completed a double over Karachi Kings to regain the top spot in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) points table on Saturday.
Grant Elliot claimed 4-15 as Quetta bowled out Karachi for a paltry 126 before chasing the target with ease.
Ahmed Shehzad scored 41 off 27 balls before getting clean-bowled by leg-spinner Usama Mir while Kevin Pietersen and captain Sarfraz Ahmed contributed 26 and 29 runs respectively.
The opener hit seven fours, providing a decent start to the Gladiators who lost Luke Wright in the fifth over.
Earlier, Elliot frustrated the Karachi batsmen with his precision medium pace bowling and took the prized wicket of Ravi Bopara.
The Kings won the toss and opted to bat first against the high-flying Gladiators side.
They suffered the worst possible start, losing opener Nauman Anwar early before Malik and Vince put on a 47-run stand.
Elliott, who has been in superb form with the ball since linking up with the Gladiators, dismissed Vince for 23 as the Kings reached 66/2 in 10 overs.
Karachi captain Shoaib Malik was also their highest scorer with 45 off 38 balls.
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