LAHORE: It was a see-saw of a game at the Gaddafi stadium here on Tuesday where home side, Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by five wickets at the penultimate delivery of the innings, courtesy a towering sixer by David Wiese.
Chasing 188, captain Sohail Akhtar (21 off 19) and Fakhar Zaman provided Qalandars with a 50-runs opening stand. Afterwards, Fakhar Zaman regained his lost form to hit his first fifty of this PSL. The 96-run stand between Fakhar and Chris Lynn kept Qalandars in the hunt however both got dismissed back to back in the 16th and 17th over. Lynn stroked six fours and three sixes for his 32-ball 59 while Fakhar’s 63 came off 46 deliveries, stitched with four fours and three maximums.
Thirty-two runs were required in the last three overs and Braitwaite dismissed Hafeez (4) and the dangerous Ben Dunk (7) in one over.
However Samit Patel and David Wiese scored quickly to narrowed the gap to eight runs in the last over. Braithwaite was immaculate until the fifth ball of his over when Wiese hit a six to win the game for Lahore Qalandars.
Wiese (17 off 6) – two sixes – and Patel (11 off 7) – two fours – remained unbeaten.
The 29 runs stand off 12 balls nailed Zalmi to push Qalandars at the third spot on the table. Multan Sultans are at the top, followed by Peshawar Zalmi.
Islamabad United are at fourth, Karachi Kings at fifth and Quetta Gladiators are sitting at the bottom.
Earlier, Peshawar had a jittery start, losing Walton (zero) to Shaheen Shah Afridi on the second ball of the innings. Samit Patel came into the act to dismiss Livingstone (four) and Kamran Akmal (12) to push Zalmi at 24-3.
Seasoned Shoaib Malik and the youngster Haider Ali held the innings together and established 116-run partnership.
Shoaib Malik got out in the 16th over, with 140 on the board. Malik’s 43-ball 62, included seven fours and two sixes. Haider Ali continued his stroke-play to reach the half century. He hammered 43-ball 69 with four sixes and as many four.
Lahore bowled relatively better in the end and limited Peshawar to 187-7.
Shaheen Afridi got 3-28 and Samit Patel finished with 2-37.