Lahore Qalandars produced a comfortable win against Quetta Gladiators in a game played on Wednesday.
Lahore Qalandars produced a clinical performance with the bat and ball to brush aside in-form Quetta Gladiators in a game played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The franchise started off poorly losing their first six games on the bounce but managed to turn it around in the last couple of games.
Brendon McCullum and co. managed to beat favorites Quetta Gladiators by 17 runs. Fakhar Zaman was the star with the bat as he produced 94 runs off just 50 runs to help Lahore post a competitive score on the board.
Qalandars went into the game with the same combination of players. Fakhar Zaman and Anton Devcich got the side off to a brisk start as the duo added 43 runs in space of five overs. Devcich was dismissed by Rahat Ali to see Lahore lose their first wicket. Agha Salman could not repeat his heroics with the bat in this game. Brendon McCullum also could produce anything special. Zaman kept playing his shots and looked unflustered with the fall of the wicket at another end.
The left-handed batsman brought up his half-century in 36 balls and then decided to go berserk against Gladiators’ bowling lineup. Gladiators failed to execute their plans at the end of the innings but Zaman produced a breathtaking performance to see Lahore put up a strong total on the board.
Quetta Gladiators got off to a decent start courtesy of brisk innings produced by Jason Roy. Shane Watson and Jason Roy put on 50 runs in the first five overs and looked set to chase down the score posted by Lahore. Off-spinner Sunil Narine came into the attack and dismissed Roy and Pietersen in quick succession to see Lahore make a comeback in the game.
Rilee Rossouw played well for his 42 runs off 22 runs but could stay till the end as Lahore completed a comfortable win over Quetta Gladiators by 17 runs.
Lahore Qalandars will be pleased with their third win on the trot while Quetta will be keen to win their last game of group stages to take confidence into the playoffs.