The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 is providing the fans with a lot of enthralling encounters as the tournament is being played in Pakistan completely for the first time. The Lahore Qalandars have also managed to get the backing of the Gaddafi crowd as they registered their third victory of the tournament.
After beating Quetta Gladiators twice, the Qalandars have steam-rolled the arch-rivals Karachi Kings at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to stay well alive in the tournament.
It all started with a heartbreaking loss to Multan Sultans in the first encounter for the Qalandars followed by a shocking defeat at the hands of Islamabad United.
They were outgunned by Peshawar Zalmi in their third PSL 2020 clash in a rain-affected game however, the Sohail Akhtar led franchise came back strongly against the defending champions and registered a much-need first victory of the tournament.
After a pretty authoritative show against the Gladiators, the Qalandars were up against the spirited Islamabad United side at their home. The two-time champion team once again triumphed over the ever-struggling Lahore Qalandars and they were left with very little chances of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Lahore based franchise needed to win at least two more games in order to stay alive in the tournament and they decided to bowl first in their next encounter against the Quetta Gladiators. The decision paid off and they were able to take all ten wickets of Quetta before they could reach 100 runs on the board.
Samit Patel wreaked havoc with his left-arm spin bowling and took four wickets in his four overs quota conceding just five runs. The Gladiators could only manage to score 98 runs in their 20 overs after being restricted to 21/6 at one stage. Sohail Khan was the top scorer for Quetta 32 off 35 balls.
The target was chased down pretty comfortably by Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk after the early losses of Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar. After beating Quetta twice in two matches, the confidence was back within the Qalandars’ clan and they were gearing up for the much-anticipated clash against the Karachi Kings.
The arch-rivals were meeting for the first time in this year’s PSL and the crowd of Lahore wanted to see their team carrying the same winning momentum against the Kings. After being smacked to all parts of the ground by Alex Hales and Chadwick Walton, the Qalandars knew they had conceded an enormous total.
Chasing 187 was never going to be ready on a tricky Gaddafi surface but the way Alex Hales and Chadwick Walton played, the boys in green also took a lot of confidence from their innings and never felt behind in the chase. After losing Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez early, the skipper Sohail Akhtar took the responsibility on his shoulders and anchored the innings beautifully.
However, the aggressive wicket-keeper batsman from Australia was in a completely different mood as he took the attack to the spinners and looked pretty comfortable while clearing the boundary. Dunk hit 12 massive sixes in his innings of 99 whilst he only scored three fours in his match-winning knock against the Kings.
The Qalandars are now situated at the 5th spot and they have pushed the Gladiators to the bottom position. After seven matches, the Qalandars have lost four and won three. Their upcoming matches against Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans will decide the fate of the franchise in the PSL 2020.
In order to qualify for the playoffs, the Qalandars would like to win at least two of their last three matches.