Qalandars win from 50 for 7 thanks to Raza fifty and Rauf three-for

Qalandars win from 50 for 7 thanks to Raza fifty and Rauf three-for

Lahore Qalandars 148 (Race 71*) time Quetta Gladiators 131 of 7 (Rauf 3-22) for 17 runs

Defending champions Lahore Qalandars staged a superb 50 for 7 comeback to win by 17 runs at Gaddafi Stadium and keep Quetta Gladiators entrenched at the bottom of the PSL table. Sikandar Raza was their hero with the bat, snapping an unbeaten 71 from 34 balls, before Qalandars’ attack recovered from a poor start to fully accelerate the chase, led by Haris Rauf from 3 for 22. In the end They claimed the record. of the joint lowest total (148) successfully defended in a PSL match in Pakistan.
The qalandars were in deep trouble after being inserted, but Raza’s first half-century of PSL gave them something to play for. The Zimbabwean all-rounder scored eight fours and three sixes in an impressive counter-attack, taking an eighth-wicket position worth 69 in 6.3 overs with Rashid Khan and helping to set Gladiators on a target of 149 despite being bowled out early.

The gladiators were seemingly cruising when they got to 53 for 1, with Yasir Khan falling to Rauf from the last ball of the power play. Will Smeed had hit six crisp fours from 32 from 25 balls to help put his side ahead at the requested rate, but after he fell lbw to Rashid in the seventh over, Gladiators began a slow-motion collapse that saw them add 11 runs in five overs while losing three wickets.

It got worse for Gladiators when Martin Guptill bowled David Wiese down the deep midwicket throat, with the required rate crossing 10 over. Odean Smith and Mohammad Nawaz were dismissed by Rauf as the home side took control, conceding just five caps in the second half of the innings and securing victory with an over to spare.

Through the first quarter of the match, it seemed clear that the Lahore fans would go home disappointed. Qalandars lost a wicket in the opening of their innings, Umaid Asif marking his Gladiators debut with a direct hit that stunned Fakhar Zaman; Umaid’s night then picked up when he struck with his third ball, taking a simple catch back after Mirza Baig finished off a flip. Naveen-ul-Haq struck twice in as many overs as Qalandars limped to 29 for 4 late on the power play.

The Qalandars’ attempts to disrupt the flow involved sending the captain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, out in No. 6; he had never hit higher than No. 8 in a T20 before. It was partial (and relative) success, as he outscored the rest of the top six with 16 for 16, before running off for a non-existent single in the ninth over. With Abdullah Shafique and Wiese falling to Nawaz on either side of Shaheen’s dismissal, Qalandars was down seven at the half.

But Raza struck his sixth ball, from Nawaz, for six, added another on Umaid’s next, hit Naveen for three fours in five balls and took a couple of caps off Naseem Shah as the recovery partnership passed 50. Even with Race. efforts, Qalandars failed to bat the full 20 overs from him, but it turned out that the league leaders had more than enough for a fifth win in six.