Zaman 94 leads Lahore Qalandars to third consecutive win
Lahore Qalandars 186-4 (Zaman 94) beat
Quetta Gladiators 169-6 (Rossouw 42) by 17 runs
26th game, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
Fakhar Zaman slammed 94 off 50 deliveries as Lahore Qalandars registered their third consecutive win of the season with a 17-run triumph over Quetta Gladiators in the 26th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.
The result means Quetta will now need to win the final group stage game to seal a top-two finish while Lahore have already dropped out of contention for a play-off.
Zaman (94) had an early reprieve when he was dropped in the fourth over by Mir Hamza (1-34) and it costed the Quetta Gladiators dearly as he amassed 31 out of the 52 runs, Lahore managed in the powerplay.
Quetta though got some success in dismissing Anton Devcich (18), Agha Salman (1) and skipper Brendon McCullum (5) and had Lahore in control at 73 for three in the start of the 11th over. Zaman did tone down a bit but his half-century still came off 36 deliveries.
In an eventful 13th over, he plundered Hamza for two boundaries and a six and in the 15th over from Rahat Ali (1-51), he hit three sixes and a four as Lahore raced to 140 for three. Gulraiz Sadaf (42 not out) and Sunil Narine (20 not out) too played their role to perfection and along with Zaman's 94-run brilliance, they lifted Lahore's total to 186 for four in the 20 overs.
Jason Roy (36) on his maiden outing for Quetta set the tone for the chase with three sixes and two boundaries in the first five overs as he brought the 50-run opening stand with Shane Watson (12).
However, the innings went haywire for Quetta with Shaheen Afridi (1-37) castling Watson while Narine (2-22) produced a double breakthrough to send Kevin Pietersen (11) and Roy back. With Yasir Shah (2-35) creating further damage with the wickets of Rameez Raja (7) and Anwar Ali (4), the innings lost complete momentum.
Rilee Rossouw (42) and Sarfraz Ahmed (28 not out) tried to show some resilience but eventually, Quetta fell 18 runs short off the target. Zaman, without doubt, was named the player of the match.
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