PSL 2021: Rashid Khan completed his first five-wicket run in T20 franchise cricket.© PSL / Twitter
Rashid Khan recorded his best career cricket numbers in the T20 franchise, taking 5-20 on his four overs as Lahore Qalandars beat Peshawar Zalmi by 10 points to extend his lead to the top of the Super League points table Pakistani (PSL) 2021. Rashid walked through Zalmi’s middle order which included heavy hitters like David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, among others. Shoaib Malik fought a lone battle for his team as his 73 from 48 balls went to no avail, with Zalmi being limited to 160 for eight in his 20 overs.
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Batted, the Qalandars had a nightmare start with Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan causing all kinds of trouble for the batsmen. Lahore Qalandars quickly found themselves faltering to 25 for four in 7.3 overs.
Ben Dunk and Tim David have come to the rescue with a brilliant 81-race partnership to bring their team back from the dead. Dunk was sacked for a 33-ball fine of 48 while David went undefeated on 64 on just 36 balls.
James Faulkner produced late fireworks with a 7-ball 22 cameo to help the Qalandars score 170 for eight.
In response, Zalmi immediately found himself on the back foot with Faulkner removing the two openers – Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali – on the second round.
Malik and Miller stabilized the ship with a stand of 51 races for the third wicket. Rashid Khan then took center stage, breaking the back of Zalmi’s pursuit with his five-star performance.
Even as chaos unfolded around him, Malik fought a lone battle to keep his team in the hunt. But Peshawar Zalmi was never able to recover from the damage caused by Rashid and Shoaib’s dismissal in the penultimate round turned out to be the last nail in the coffin.
Lahore Qalandars leads the PSL standings with 10 points in six games. A third loss for Peshawar Zalmi means they sit fourth in the table with six points from six games – the same number of points as the two teams in second and third.
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