PSL 7: Lahore Qalandars defeat Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs

Feb 2, 2022: Lahore Qalandars’ superior bowling attack together with Fakhar Zaman’s blistering knock helped Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs in Match No. 9 to take their team to the second position in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) table.

After winning the toss, Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz elected to bowl first. Lahore Qalandars gave Peshawar a target of 200. In the beginning of Peshawar’s innings, Lahore captain Shaheen Shah Afridi made a splash for his team by dismissing Zalmai’s opener Hazratullah Zazai on the third ball of the innings. The loss of the opening wicket put Zalmai on the back foot and Lahore’s regular wickets never allowed Peshawar to return to the game.

Peshawar Zalmi batsmen Kamran Akmal and Haidar Ali made 41 and 49, respectively, but the team was unable to catch up to the high run rate.

From the Lahore camp, Zaman Khan took three wickets while captain Shaheen and David Wiese took two wickets each. Rashid Khan also took a wicket. Zalmi ended the chase at 20 overs with a 170-9, thereby letting Lahore win by 29 runs.

Earlier, Lahore openers Fakhr Zaman and Abdullah Shafiq set the tone for Qalandars’ batting when they delivered a blistering attack against the Zalmi bowling. Fakhr completed his half-century in the 10th over and scored his third consecutive fifty-plus score. However, in the same over, Usman Qadir broke the opening stand by dismissing Shafiq for 41 runs.

After the dismissal of Shafiq, Fakhr continued to attack Zalmai’s bowlers before he was dismissed for 66 by Hussain Talat in the 13th over. By the time the left-hander was out, he had given his team a platform to set a big target for Peshawar. In the next few overs, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez and Rashid Khan’s cameos forced Lahore to end their innings 199-4.

For Peshawar, Salman Irshad took two wickets while Usman Qadir and Hussain Talat took one wicket each.

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