Jason Roy started the proceedings in a brisk fashion but what transpired later was an unfamiliar batting implosion by Lahore Qalandars to get dismissed for a paltry score of 59 runs from 10 overs. Peshawar Zalmi’s pace bowler Hasan Ali was the center of attention as he ripped apart the top order to see the Qalandars five down for just 47 runs on the board. The side also became the first side in the history of the league to get bundled out for under 100 runs.
However, the Qalandars produced a spirited display with the ball in hand after a wretched batting performance. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers for Lahore as he bagged four wickets and conceded only seven runs from his four-over spell. Eoin Morgan tops scored with 23 runs for Peshawar Zalmi in the innings. Shah was superb as he quickly ran through Peshawar’s middle order to see the side slump to 51 for 7 in their chase. However, Zalmi did manage to get through Shah’s exceptional spell to win the game in the 17th over and go top of the league with four points.
Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to field as Brendon McCullum fell early in the first over of the innings off the bowling of Mohammad Asghar. Roy also fell while playing an adventurous stroke only to find Chris Jordan at mid-off to complete a simple catch. Umar Akmal and Grant Elliott registered ducks in the game as Fakhar Zaman top-scored with 33 runs followed by Mohammad Rizwan who made 11 runs as the only two batsmen in the lineup to record double figures in the innings. The side kept losing wickets to get dismissed for a shameful 59 runs in their innings.
Peshawar Zalmi join Quetta Gladiators at the top of the standings in the competition while Lahore Qalandars are now placed at fourth with one win and two losses from three games played so far.