It’s a nail-biter as Zalmi defeats Qalandars in PSL 9

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Zalmi defeats Qalandars in PSL 9, In the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine, Peshawar Zalmi defeated Lahore Qalandars by eight runs on Sunday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Rassie van der Dussen, the Qalandars’ opener for the PSL season nine, smashed the first century of the tournament, but that was not enough to hand his side its first win of the campaign.

On a chase of 212, the South African remained unbeaten on 105 off 52 balls as he continued to chase down his target. In this game, Lahore scored back-to-back wins while Zalmi scored back to back wins for the fifth time this season.

While Van der Dussen’s play throughout the chase was similar to that of a lone warrior, other batters had limited contributions to make. The most notable contribution came from Shai Hope with 29 points, followed by Ahsan Bhatti with 20 points.

With only 13 runs left in the innings, Jahandad Khan (13) tried to provide support to Van der Dussen, however Paul Walter made life difficult for him in the last overs.

The innings of Van der Dussen included seven fours and five sixes during the course of the match. A 200 strike-rate was achieved by him during the course of his batting career.

There were two wickets taken by Naveen-ul-Haq and one each by Walter, Luke Wood, and Salman Irshad.

The Zalmi batting order had dominated the depleted Qalandars’ bowling attack earlier in the match, a significant total on the scoreboard having been amassed as a result of a long opening partnership, introduced by Shaheen Afridi after being put into bat first.

The openers of the Zalmi team, Babar Azam and Ayub, entered the fray aggressively against the hosts, compiling 136 runs for the first wicket in just 14.2 overs when they entered the fray against the home side.

In the opening partnership, Ayub played a predominant role, while Azam rotated the strike consistently throughout the opening period. Despite the skipper’s heroic efforts, his anchoring innings ended in disappointment, as he was out for just two runs short of a half-century in the 15th over, which was been missed by Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi.

There were 48 runs scored by Azam in his innings from 36 deliveries, including five boundaries in his innings. As a result of this partnership, Ayub partnered with the hard-hitting Rovman Powell, keeping the momentum going throughout the rest of the innings.

The two batsmen added 39 runs in 16 deliveries before Afridi bowled Ayub in the 18th over after the pair had added 39 runs in 16 deliveries. Among Zalmi’s top scorers was Ayub, who accumulated 88 runs in 55 balls, scoring eight boundaries and four sixes, establishing himself as the top-scorer.

It was Powell’s turn after Ayub was departed to take over Zalmi’s batting campaign. He contributed to the total with a rapid knock that ended on the penultimate delivery of the innings, contributing to the total with 6 runs. During Powell’s aggressive innings, he was able to score five boundaries and two sixes, culminating in a 46-run innings off just 20 balls.

It was in the latter stages of the innings that Powell was ably supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Haris, who finished the innings without conceding a run, and who managed 12 runs off five deliveries.

Jahandad Khan delivered one wicket for the Qalandars in the bowling department, while Shahid Afridi took 3/33.

Timenews provided that news.

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