The 2nd game of the Pakistan Super League produced a thrilling contest between Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars played at Dubai. Qalandars looked on course to win the game but a reckless batting display and erratic running between the wickets saw them capitulate to a narrow defeat by 8 runs. Quetta produced a superb effort with both bat and ball to snatch a win out of nowhere against Lahore.
Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum provided a good start the Qalandars before Zulfiqar Babar came into the attack and dismissed both the openers to bring Gladiators back into the contest. The spin duo of Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Khan kept a tight lid on the scoring and never allowed Qalandars to go off the hook in the innings. Grant Elliott and Sunil Narine chipped with 20s and helped their side get close but in the end needless dismissals at the end of the innings cost them the game.
Earlier in the game, Quetta also struggled for momentum in their innings as the side was five down for just 65 runs after 13 overs. Rilee Rossouw played a splendid innings under trying conditions to lead the way for Quetta with 60 runs off 47 balls. The rest of the batting did not produce anything noticeable to see the side muster only 136 runs from 20 overs.
Last year’s finalists Quetta Gladiators have started their campaign with a win over Lahore as Sarfaraz and co will be looking to build on their good start. On the other hand, Lahore will desperately look towards the likes of McCullum and Roy for change of fortunes in the coming games of the league.