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PSL 2021: Peshawar Zalmi make poor start in 171-run target chase against Lahore Qalandars |

Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali departs after getting dismissed by Lahore Qalandars’ James Faulkner at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, on June 11, 2021. — Twiiter/PSL

Peshawar Zalmi made a poor start in their run chase against Lahore Qalandars, with the Wahab Riaz-led side losing their openers cheaply to reach 22/2 at the end of 5 overs at the Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium late Thursday.

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner, who had made a crucial 22 in the first innings, dismissed the openers in his first over of the game.

Both Haider Ali and Kamran Akmal were dismissed within four balls for 1 and 4, respectively.

Currently, Shoaib Malik and South African David Miller are at the crease for the Zalmi.

Lahore Qalandars innings

Australian born Tim David’s 64 from 36 balls helped Qalandars set a competitive 171-run target for the Zalmi after their top order was skittled by the Riaz-led side.

At the start of the match, Zalmi had asked Lahore to bat first after winning the toss.  

Skipper Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman opened the innings for the Qalandars, while Wahab Riaz took it on himself to open the bowling for his side.

The move by the Zalmi skipper paid dividends as he removed the dangerous Zaman for one from the fifth ball of the match.

The Qalandars skipper was about to join Zaman in the dugout in the second over but the ball evaded Kamran Akmal and travelled to the boundary to give Akhtar’s side their first boundary of the night.

The third over of the innings ended in a maiden after Muhammad Faizan struggled to bat against Riaz. The over added pressure on the Qalandars captain who was dismissed by Mohammad Irfan after he guided the ball to Akmal.

Once Riaz and Irfan ended their spells, Umaid Asif joined the party and took the key wicket of Mohammad Hafeez. The veteran Pakistan batsman was dismissed for 2 after he top-edged the ball towards David Miller at mid-off.

The wickets had helped Zalmi ensure that Qalandars end the powerplay at 18/3.

Once the powerplay ended, the Zalmi did not give any room to the Qalandars. And in the next over, Riaz ended the innings of struggling Muhammad Faizan after he took a scintillating catch off Mohammad Imran’s bowling in the seventh over.

After Faizan’s dismissal, Singapore’s Tim David and Australia’s Ben Dunk tried to consolidate the Qalandars’ innings and helped their team reach 42/4 at the 10th over.

The two then later paired up and built an 81-run partnership to steady the innings for the struggling Qalandars and put them at 106/5 before Dunk departed for a crucial 48.

After Dunk’s departure, Rashid Khan and James Faulkner stuck with David to help Lahore rise from 25/4 to 170/8.

Match 17 is the second of the double-header being played in Abu Dhabi and the dew factor will trouble bowlers to a great extent.

Qalandars have entered the game with an edge after beating Islamabad United by 5 wickets in the league’s re-start match on Wednesday. While the win will boost Akhtar’s side, they also have an advantage of getting acclimatised to the conditions more.

They’re also on top of the table with four wins from five games while Zalmi have tasted victory in three of their initial five encounters.

Riaz’s side were outclassed by Qalandars when the two teams met each other in first leg of the tournament in Karachi on February 21.

Who ever wins tonight will propel to the top of the table.

Squads:

Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz (c), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (c.), Muhammad Faizan, Mohammed Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf

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