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Akmal, Delport halt Quetta Gladiators juggernaut

Akmal, Delport halt Quetta Gladiators juggernaut
Umar Akmal score a 40-ball 93 for the Lahore Qalandars.
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Lahore Qalandars 194-3 (Akmal 93) beat
Quetta Gladiators 131 (Gohar 4-14) by 63 runs
Eighth match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Umar Akmal slammed a blistering 93 while Cameron Delport scored his maiden fifty in the tournament as Lahore Qalandars flexed their batting muscle to hand the Quetta Gladiators their first defeat in the Pakistan Super League.

Lahore Qalandars decided to drop Chris Gayle and went with Delport (73) at the top of the order.

Even though Delport and Azhar Ali scored six boundaries and two sixes in the first nine overs, they found it tough to rotate the strike managing only 57 runs from it. Umar Gul (1-50) provided the breakthrough for the Quetta Gladiators after dismissing Ali in the 10th over. 

Delport and Akmal (93) went berserk scoring 88 runs in the next six overs to take the Lahore Qalandars to 150 for one after 16 overs. Delport brought up his fifty off 42 deliveries while Akmal reached his half-century off just 22 deliveries.

The 95-run stand finally came to an end when Zulfiqur Babar (1-31) trapped Delport lbw but Akmal ensured Lahore Qalandars ended their innings with a score of 194.

Luke Wright (4) was given an early reprieve when he was dropped by Zafar Gohar (4-14) in the second over of the chase.

However, he and Ahmed Shehzad (15) fell in successive overs to leave the Quetta Gladiators in a spot of bother.

Kevin Pietersen (12) started the innings confidently with a six down the ground off the left-arm-spin of Zohaib Khan (1-32) but fell in the next over as Lahore Qalandars ended the powerplay at 42 for three.

Nawaz (42) and Sarfraz Ahmed (31) tried to bring the Lahore Qalandars back in the contention with their 77-run stand but once they fell Gohar (4-14) and Ajantha Mendis (3-17) took control of the game and dismissed the Quetta Gladiators on 131.

Akmal was awarded the man of the match for his blistering knock of 93.&nbsp

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