Abysmal Lahore Qalandars suffer fifth defeat in PSL

March 4, 2018 | By

By a Special Correspondent

Peshawar’s spin and pace trio of Liam Dawson, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz shared eight wickets to rock Lahore Qalandars for the lowest total of 100 in PSL three before winning the match by ten wickets at Sharjah on Saturday.

England’s left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (3-20) and Pakistan’s pace duo of Hasan Ali (3-22) and Wahab Riaz (2-14) wrapped up Lahore’s innings — who won the toss and batted — for 100 in 17.2 overs as Lahore once again had a disastrous collapse.

Peshawar overhauled the target in 13.4 overs, without much ado as by Kamran Akmal 57 not out and 37 by Tamim Iqbal to hepp Zalmi achieve their third win in five matches. Karachi Kings top the table with seevn points in four matches followed by Multan Sultans, also seven but in five matches and inferior run-rate.

Kamran struck two sixes and seven boundaries in his 47 ball unconquered knock while Tamim smashed four boundaries.

Lahore were 42 without loss in the fifth over before their batsmen once again did the hara kiri, trying to hit every ball and in the process lost nine wickets for 58 runs in the next 12.5 overs. The batting looked in complete shambles as no batsmen could score a half century in fifth straight match.

Fakhar Zaman clobbered four boundaries and two sixes in his 17-ball 30 but none of the other batsman could make any significant contribution, with Brendon McCullum and Umar Akmal making 15 each.

Hasan had McCullum, Sunil Narine (three) and Salman Irshad (one) before Riaz claimed Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah (nought) and in between Umar was run out as Lahore’s innings faltered badly.

This eighth straight loss of Lahore — they lost their last three matches in the last edition of the PSL — has highlighted their lack of performances. This is Lahore’s fourth defeat in five matches in PSL editions.

After a day’s rest the PSL shifts to Dubai again, with a rest day on Monday. Action begins on Tuesday with Multan Sultans taking on Peshawar.

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