The Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition five has kicked off in style as the first match between the Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United ended in the 2nd last over of the match. The Gladiators were too good for the United in the first match as they chased down the target of 169 inside 19 overs.
However, the main focus was on the 3rd encounter of the tournament as the Lahore Qalandars were gearing up to start their journey once again on a fresh note in the PSL 5. The Qalandars were up against the Multan Sultans but the same old story with Lahore Qalandars continued.
The Lahore Qalandars were off to a great start as both Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn provided the firepower at the top of the order. The Qalandars were 60-2 inside the first six overs and they lost both of their openers quite cheaply.
The same old story began once again as wickets tumbled under pressure for the Qalandars and their inexperienced middle-order also couldn’t cope with the pressure of a high-voltage encounter. From Mohammad Hafeez to Ben Dunk and from Dane Vilas to David Wiese, all of them couldn’t bother the scorers much as wickets were falling at regular intervals.
Chris Lynn, the belligerent Aussie batsman was the top scorer for the Lahore Qalandars as he made his debut in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Lynn went on to score 39 off just 19 balls and provided the early firepower.
The young and dynamic captain of Lahore Qalandars Sohail Akhtar also tried his best to take his team to a decent total. Akhtar scored 34* off 30 balls to take the Qalandars to a respectable total of 138.
However, the Multan Sultans looked in really good touch in their chase as the new captain Shan Masood showed his white-ball prowess by milking a 39 ball 29. The bowlers of Lahore Qalandars tried their best to restrict Multan but apart from Shaheen Shah Afridi nobody looked threatening at all in front of the Sultans’ batters. Shaheen got rid of James Vince with an absolute peach of a Yorker.
The Multan Sultans got over the line in the 17th over of the match when Rilee Rossouw (32) and Shahid Afridi (21) played a quick-fire cameo. The Multan Sultans were 5 down when they got over the line and they also had 23 balls to spare.
The Qalandars were outclassed in every department of the game and they looked completely out of touch in their opening game against the team from South Punjab.
There were a lot of expectations from the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf but both of them couldn’t make any significant impact on the match courtesy the low score of 138 that was really difficult to defend on the flat deck of Lahore.