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Masterful Hafeez leads Lahore Qalandars to 9-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators in PSL match

Masterful Hafeez leads Lahore Qalandars to 9-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators in PSL match
Mohammad Hafeez confirmed expertise and sophistication as Lahore Qalandars got here from behind to defeat Quetta Gladiators within the fourth 2021 Pakistan Tremendous League fixture on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi on Monday.

The Qalandars, who had been set a good goal of 179 by the Gladiators, received the match with 9 wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare.

The innings was opened for Qalandars by Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar who pissed off the Gladiators’ ballers with their secure partnership and a number of boundaries.

They cemented their partnership over the following few overs earlier than Akhtar (21) was bowled by leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood.

Zaman turned the second participant in at this time’s match to attain a half-century, hitting 50 off 31 balls.

Akhtar was changed by Mohammad Hafeez, who together with Zaman lifted up their rating from 69-1 on the finish of 10 overs to 131 by the fifteenth over with none additional wicket loss.

The Qalandars earlier received the toss and determined to bowl first.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Chris Gayle had been undoubtedly the star scorers for the Gladiators, placing up a powerful partnership after opener Tom Banton obtained out within the second over and Saim Ayub scored solely three runs earlier than returning to the pavilion.

Haris Rauf was the choose of the bowlers for Lahore Qalandars, claiming three wickets.

Banton and Ayub opened the batting for the Gladiators, however they suffered an early loss when Banton (4) mishit a ball from Rauf and was caught by Ahmed Daniyal within the second over.

Shaheen Shah Afridi additionally struck quickly after, with Ayub being caught by Sohail Akhtar after making simply 3.

However the ballers had been unable to take down Gayle and Ahmed who constructed a powerful partnership.

The Qalandars had been additionally punished for dropping two catches from Gayle, who scored his 50 off 32 deliveries — his first within the PSL.

Captain Sarfraz (40) misplaced his wicket within the thirteenth over, caught out by Ben Dunk off Haris’ ball.

Gayle was bowled out by Rashid Khan within the very subsequent over after scoring 68 off 40 balls.

Gladiators misplaced their fifth wicket when Azam Khan was caught out by Afridi on Daniyal’s ball.

Rauf struck once more within the final over, bowling out Ben Slicing.

The Qalandars made one change to their taking part in XI, with Haris Rauf coming into instead of Salman Mirza.

The Gladiators entered the match after struggling a seven-wicket defeat by the hands of Karachi Kings within the first match of this yr’s event on Saturday. The Qalandars, in the meantime, received their opening match by 4 wickets in opposition to Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday.

Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhtar (capt.), Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Azam Khan, Saim Ayub, Ben Slicing, Muhammad Nawaz, Zahid Mehmood, Anwar Ali, Muhammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari.