04 Mar Peshawar Zalmi dismantle Lahore Qalandars with comprehensive 10-wicket win
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Liam Dawson, Dwayne Smith, Khalid Usman, Shabbir Rehman, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz ,Sameen Gul.
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (c,), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Mustafizur Rahman, Salman Irshad.
Toss: Lahore Qalandars won the toss and chose to bat.
Lahore Qalandars Innings
Zalmi’s skipper, Darren Sammy had been ruled out of this game due to injury in last match, Hafeez led the team in his absence. Hasan Ali returned to the starting XI of Zalmi after missing out almost two months of cricket with an injury he picked up in Pakistan’s series against New Zealand. It was for the first time this season, Kamran squared off against younger brother Umar. We saw a new opening pair for Lahore Qalandars. Fakhar Zaman opened the strike with the captain, Brendon McCullum. There was some confusion before the game started, some dispute over the starting XI but it got resolved when the match referee reached the pitch. Fakhar Zaman encountered the fresh talent, Sameen Gul, in the opening over. The pattern didn’t change for the batting side, got off to a blazing start with Fakhar Zaman smashing 25 runs in the first two overs hitting three 4s and two gigantic 6s. Qalandars lost their first wicket in the 5th over. The skipper, Brendon McCullum tried to pull but it took the toe end of his bat and lobed towards the bowler. Simple catch for Hasan Ali. By the end of the first powerplay, Lahore stood 53-1 with a healthy run rate of 8.83 runs per over.
After the first powerplay ended, it was all downfall for Qalandars. They lost their all remaining wickets for just 47 runs. The collapse this time was even more dramatic than previous games. They failed to build through the middle over, played silly rash shots and got all out on a total of only 100 runs. This was the lowest total in this season’s HBL PSL.
Zalmi’s bowling was strengthened by the return of their star bowler, Hasan Ali. On the other end, Liam Dawson, who replaced Darren Sammy, filled his shoes impeccably. He took three wickets dismissing Fakhar, Ramdin and Akhtar with conceding only 20 runs in his spell of four overs. His figures clearly suggested that he is more than just a back-up for Peshawar Zalmi.
Fall of Wickets:
1-42 (Brendon McCullum, 4.4 over)
2-57 (Fakhar Zaman, 6.2 over)
3-57 (Denesh Ramdin, 6.3 over)
4-71 (Agha Salman, 9.1 over)
5-73 (Sohail Akhtar, 10.1 over)
6-87 (Sunil Narine, 12.1 over)
7-98 (Umar Akmal, 15.4 over)
8-99 (Sohail Khan, 16.2 over)
9-100 (Yasir Shah, 16.5 over)
10-100 (Salman Irshad, 17.2 over)
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal opened their partnership against the bowling attack of Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Khan. The start from the batting side was very calm and mature. It looked like the pace and swing of Sohail Khan may tremble the batsmen but both of them got settled on the crease and played easy shots looking for singles and doubles. When the first powerplay ended, Peshawar Zalmi were 41-0 with the run rate of 4.28 runs per over.
Qalandars bowlers looked clueless after the powerplay. The captain looked out of ideas and the fielding was very poor as well. Dropped a few clinical catches which gave Peshawar Zalmi more confidence to win the game. It looked like Qalandars gave up before Peshawar Zalmi’s innings even started. There was no plan whatsoever to stop or even provide a tough time to the batting side.
It required just openers Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal to chase the whole target. Kamran Akmal scored 57 off 47 balls, while Tamim stood on 36 when the chase was completed. They got their eye in for the first couple of overs, understood the pitch and then the runs came automatically when they got stable on the crease.
Lahore remains at the bottom of the table while Peshawar Zalmi are third, having won three of their five games.