In the 15th match of the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which took place today at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Lahore Qalandars prevailed over Peshawar Zalmi by a score of 40 runs. This victory came about after Shaheen Shah Afridi captain of Qalandars got his team off to the best possible start they could have.
Lahore Qalandars Inning:
Previously, Abdullah and Fakhar excelled as Qalandars set a massive 242-run target against Peshawar Zalmi.
In order to assist the Qalandars in recovering from the early loss and regaining control of the game against Zalmi, Fakhar and Abdullah fashioned a monumental 120-run stand for the second wicket.
Abdullah, who was making his debut in the PSL 2023, caused mayhem as he hammered 75 runs off of only 41 balls. This was his maiden participation in the tournament. The batter who batted right-handed reached five different home runs and the same number of boundaries.
Wahab, who was going for his second wicket, was successful in getting the 23-year-old out of the game.
Nonetheless, the assault continued as Billings didn’t take long to get comfortable with Fakhar and began to reach boundaries with him.
Fakhar was excellent in this matchup versus Zalmi. The left-handed batter was able to score 96 runs off of just 45 balls by hitting boundaries and maximums at will. He had 3 boundaries and 10 maximums throughout his batting at-bat. On the 18th over, Rovman Powell was able to take him out.
Billings, the wicket-keeper hitter, batted for 23 balls and scored an unbroken 47 runs, including 5 boundaries and 3 maximums. He only faced 23 balls total.
Wahab Riaz provided Zalmi with an early breakthrough as he got Qalandars’ opener Tahir Baig out of the game. The first batter in the lineup only managed to score five runs off of seven balls.
Peshawar Zalmi Inning:
After losing both of their openers, Zalmi were able to mount a strong response to the large total thanks to the partnership of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Saim Ayub.
In their match versus Zalmi, Shaheen got Qalandars off to the strongest possible start. A magnificent yorker delivered by the captain on the second ball of his maiden over resulted in the dismissal of Mohammad Haris.
Shaheen Shah struck again in his 2nd over, and this time he bowled a brilliant in-swinging delivery that removed Zalmi’s skipper Babar Azam from the game. After scoring only 7 runs, Babar was forced to leave the field.
Once Babar was out of the game, Saim Ayub and Tom Kohler-Cadmore put together an incredible 91-run combination off of just 44 balls.
However, Cadmore was removed from the game by Haris Rauf after he had hammered an impressive 55 runs off of only 23 balls.
Saim was the third hitter to be eliminated from the game. He challenged Rashid Khan to a duel, but Abdullah Shafique made the catch. The left-handed batter was responsible for an important 51 runs scored in just 34 balls.
After that, Rovman Powell (20) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (24) put up a partnership worth 39 runs; however, the Sri Lankan batter was dismissed by Zaman Khan, bringing Zalmi’s score down to 166-5.
After bowling out Powell with a slow delivery, Zaman struck twice in the same over to finish out the innings.
On his third over, Shaheen was successful in capturing his third wicket. He dispatched Wahab Riaz to the pavilion to retrieve a duck from there.
In the final over of the match, the left-arm bowler took another wicket by knocking over Saad Masood with a ferocious delivery.
James Neesham, who was 12 at the time, attempted to take on Shaheen Shah but ended up getting caught behind, which led to the dismissal of James Neesham by Shaheen, which completed his five-wicket haul.
Shaheen got five wickets for the Qalandars, and Zaman was responsible for one of their losses. Rashid and Haris Rauf both brought in a scalp of their own as well.
Wahab was the Zalmi bowler who took two wickets, and Powell was the one who took one.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Qalandars set a massive target of 242 runs before limiting the Zalmi to 201 runs in 20 overs.
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Sam Billings, Tahir Baig , Hussain Talat, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Sikandar Raza , Zaman Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi (c)
Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Rovman Powell, Wahab Riaz, Jimmy Neesham, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Salman Irshad, Saad Masood, Arshad Iqbal.
Aon Ali has graduated from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan in 2012 and then he started his career in a local News agency as an IT manager. Later on, he started creating news reports for the sports category. Since he is fond of cricket, so most of his work is in the coverage of news related to local cricket events.