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Clinical Peshawar Zalmi trounce Lahore Qalandars by nine wickets

Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten 55 for Peshawar Zalmis against Lahoree Qalandars.
Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten 55 for Peshawar Zalmis against Lahoree Qalandars.
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Peshawar Zalmi 118-1 (Iqbal 55no) beat
Lahore Qalandars 117-6 (Bravo 32) by nine wickets
Fifth match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten half-century after Peshawar Zalmi bowlers restricted Lahore Qalandars to 117  ensuring a convincing nine-wicket victory in the fifth match of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

After fielding first on winning the toss, Junaid Khan (1-23) got the prized wicket of Chris Gayle (0) in the first delivery.

Things went haywire for the Qalandars when Cameron Delport (0) was run out couple of deliveries later and was immediately followed by the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan (4). 

At four for three, Qalandars were in deep trouble, but Azhar Ali (31) and Umar Akmal (21) began the resurrection work, even though they were never in control of the game.

Dwayne Bravo (32) and Hamad Azam (18 not out) pushed Lahore Qalandars total to 117 for six in the 20 overs. 

The chase was set on track for the Zalmis by a 95-run opening stand between Iqbal (55 not out) and Mohammad Hafeez (43).

Even though Qalandars managed to dismiss Hafeez, Iqbal dropped anchor and reached his fifty off 41 deliveries as he and David Malan (10 not out) ensured Peshawar Zalmi a nine-wicket victory after achieving the target in 16 overs. 

Peshawar Zalmi are positioned at the second spot in the group stage while Lahore Qalandars are yet to win a game in the series having played two games.

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