Feb 7, 2022: Jason Roy of England, representing Quetta Gladiators against Lahore Qalandars, scored 116 off just 57 balls in match 15 of the HBL PSL seventh edition.
The Quetta Gladiators now hold the record for the second highest successful run chase in HBL PSL history.
Batting first, Qalandars scored 5/204 in 20 overs but Roy’s brilliant innings of 11 fours and 8 sixes snatched the match away from them. He was eventually caught by Harris Rauf off David Wiese. Roy wrapped his arms around her and found her on a short fine leg.
The Gladiators won a tough match with just 3 balls and all the praise goes to Roy’s brilliant innings. Jason Roy with his 100(49) now holds the record for the second fastest hundred in the PSL, behind Rilee Rousseuw. He has only just joined the side and seemingly has injected his team with a healthy dose of adrenalin.
Roy had joined the Quetta Gladiators squad on Sunday ahead of this crucial match. His arrival helped Quetta change their plans as he provided a different dimension to an otherwise ordinary Gladiator side. The Englishman returned from international duty as he was part of England’s T20 International squad who were up against the West Indians.
Sarfraz Ahmed, who has looked increasingly and visibly tense on the field in the lead up to this game, can heave a sigh of relief. Not only does this victory keep Quetta Gladiators alive in the tournament, it also helps keep the tournament pleasingly open before its next leg in Lahore commences after a break of two days starting tomorrow.
For Lahore Qalandars, this is not the first failure to defend a plus 200 total but it is rendered peculiarly startling by the fact that it has a bowling attack to rival any and all this season. Not just is it led by the ICC Cricketer of the Year, pacer-extraordinaire Shaheen Shah Afridi, it contains the incisiveness contributed by Haris Rauf, classic Qalandar’s success story, and the emerging bowler Zaman Khan.
Zaman Khan was handed the ball by his skipper for the last over that was interspersed by frequent consultations, and after his success against Islamabad United, he certainly started off on the right track.
In the end, it was not to be, but that renders the performance of Jason Roy, who was enthusiastically greeted off the field by the great Sir Vivian Richards himself, even more spectacular in the context of the game, having come against a well-equipped bowling attack.
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