South African recruit Cameroon Deloprt hit a superb half-century and took three wickets to give Lahore Qalandars a thrilling last-ball four-run win over Peshawar to keep his team in the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah on Saturday.
One-drop Cameroon Delport hit a fluent 61-ball 78 – third half century off the event — with six boundaries and three well-timed sixes while Umar Akmal knocked an aggressive 31-ball 52 to lift Lahore Qalandars to 164-3 in their 20 overs.
Peshawar remained in the hunt until the last ball but managed 160 in their 20 overs.
Dawid Malan hit an attractive 35-ball 42 to lead Peshawar’s charge who needed 24 in the last three overs and 18 in the last two. West Indian Kevon bowled a superb 19th over in which he not only got rid of Malan but gave away just two runs.
It was left to Ehsan Adil to bowled the last over, defending 16. He bowled two dots to Wahab Riaz who took two and then smashed a six off the fifth ball, leaving six to get off the last ball but Adil’s low full toss brought just one run for Peshawar as another packed crowd got their money’s worth.
Peshawar raced to 28 in the fourth over when Mohammad Hafeez (nine) miscued a shot and was caught. In-form Tamim Iqbal once again showed energy during his 22-ball 30 with a six and four boundaries but his departure as well as Kamran Akmal (18), Shahid Afridi (nine) and Shahid Yousuf (16) gave Lahore some hope of a win which was achieved in the end.
When Lahore batted they once again lost the maverick Chris Gayle in the first over, but this time it was not the dashing West Indian who flopped. His countryman Joe Wilson gave him leg-before off paceman Junaid Khan’s third ball of the first over.
Replay showed the ball was missing the leg-stump as Lahore were dealt a blow at the outset.
Skipper Azhar Ali, who opted out of the last match, added 53 for the second wicket with Delport but it was the 101-run stand for the third wicket that the South African shared with Umar that lifted Lahore total.
Despite losing only three wickets Lahore could not get the right kind of impetus in the slog overs, scoring 51 runs.
The win is Lahore’s second in six games, equal to Karachi and Islamabad while Peshawar have four wins and two losses.
Earlier Quetta became the first team to enter the play-offs with a comfortable five-wicket win over Karachi Kings.
Karachi Kings will meet Islamabad in a bid to strengthen a play-off position while table toppers Quetta and Peshawar meet in the second match to decide who finish as number one in the league in another double-header on Sunday.