Delport all-round performance keeps Lahore Qalandars alive with thrilling win
Lahore Qalandars 164-3 (Delport 78) beat
Peshawar Zalmi 160-7 (Malan 42) by four runs
15th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bowl first considering the dew factor which might come into play later in the game. Junaid Khan (2-32) struck in the third delivery of the innings to hand Chris Gayle (0) another score of naught.
Azhar Ali (25) and Delport (78) steadied the innings after adding 53 runs for the second wicket as Lahore Qalandars were 58 for two after nine overs.
Delport reached his fifty off 46 deliveries while it was Umar Akmal (52 not out) who induced momentum in the innings. Lahore Qalandars added 51 runs in the final five overs to post 164 for three in the 20 overs.
Despite a confident start by Tamim Iqbal (30), Peshawar Zalmi lost their inform batsman Mohammad Hafeez (9) early. 54 runs came in the powerplay for the Zalmis.
Delport (3-18) struck in his very second delivery after Iqbal edged one to the keeper and in his third over, he had Kamran Akmal (18) caught at mid wicket. Peshawar Zalmi needed 82 from the final nine overs.
Shahid Afridi (9) promoted himself to number five but his poor form continued after he holed out at long on to give Delport his third wicket.
David Malan (42) and Shahid Yusuf (16) hit Adnan Rasool (0-30) for 20 runs in the 14th over to bring Peshawar Zalmi back in the game as they needed 48 off the final 36 deliveries.
Just when Peshawar looked favourites to win the game, Kevon Cooper (3-25) produced a double-wicket 17th over where he dismissed Darren Sammy (6) while Yusuf was run out.
With 18 needed from the final 12 deliveries, Cooper struck again to trap Malan lbw in the first ball of the penultimate over leaving Peshawar Zalmi 16 runs to get off the final over.
Wahab Riaz (14 not out) managed to score 10 runs from the first five deliveries but Ehsan Adil (0-36) came back strong where he conceded just one-run off the last delivery, thereby securing a four-run win for the Lahore Qalandars. Delport was declared the man of the match.
Even though Peshawar Zalmi had already qualified for the semi-finals they might have to battle it out with the Quetta Gladiators for the top position while Lahore Qalandars hopes are still alive with this win.
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