Captain’s knock from Sarfraz hand Gladiators three wickets victory against Qalandars

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A magnificent match-winning six from Sarfraz Ahmed took Quetta Gladiators over Lahore Qalandars by three wickets in the 12th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Sarfraz single-handedly led his team to the victory line scoring match-winning 52 runs off 36 balls. This was Gladiators’ fourth straight win.

Sent to bat first, Qalandars were not off to a good start losing their opener Fakhar Zaman off Mohammad Nawaz. The left-arm bowler pitched the ball up which was misjudged by Zaman who gave a simple catch to Umar Akmal covering long on. He made just three runs.

Ghulam Mudassir then set on fire and took two quick wickets to reduce the opponents to 41-3. His first scalp was the left-handed batsman Salman Butt who once again failed to score and walked off after scoring just five runs while dangerous looking Sohail Akhtar was the second one to go back to the pavilion after scoring 29 runs.

Later, AB De Villiers along with Corey Anderson put 35 runs for the fourth wicket to release some pressure but right-arm pacer Anwar Ali got rid of Anderson who scored 19 runs.

Sohail Tanvir removed David Wiese to pick up his second wicket of the match. He made 20 runs. A perfect yorker from young pacer Ghulam Mudassir trapped Gauhar Ali who walked back after scoring just five runs.

In reply, Gladiators didn’t get an expected start as their opener Shane Watson walked off without getting off the mark. Rahat Ali brought an early breakthrough for Qalandars.

Leg spinner Yasir Shah thrashed the stumps to send Rile Rossouw. Rossouw made just 17 runs including three boundaries. Umar Akmal then along with Ahsan Ali carried some momentum for his team but a short-pitched delivery from Haris Rauf got rid of him.

Dangerous looking Ahsan Ali, who made 40 runs, walked off after missing a straighter delivery from Sandeep Lamichhane which directly went to hit the stumps.

In the end, Sarfraz with the help of four boundaries and a six steered his side to yet another win of the season.

Rauf took two wickets while Rahat Ali, David Wiese, Yasir Shah and Sandeep Lamichhane bagged a wicket each.

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