Fakhar, Lynn guide Qalandars to thrilling last over win against Zalmi


Lahore: Hard-hitting Fakhar Zaman and explosive Chris Lynn have guided Lahore Qalandars to a thrilling last-over win by five wickets against Peshawar Zalmi.

Fakhar and Lynn added 96 for the second-wicket until David Weise’s cameo helped to win three consecutive matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five.

In the 24th fixture of PSL 5, Qalandars after opting to bowl first started the proceeding by removing three top-order batsmen of Zalmi in the first four overs. Shaheen Afridi removed Tom Banton in the first over of the inning. Samit Patel courtesy his cunning left-arm spin picked the wickets of Liam Livingstone and Kamran Akmal respectively.

The duo of experienced Shoaib Malik and young Haider Ali then rescued Zalmi from there. Malik scored his third consecutive fifty whereas Haider became the youngest player to score a fifty in PSL history.

Both put up a crucial stand of 126 for the fourth wicket that guided Zalmi to 187-7 in 20 overs. Malik departed after scoring 43-balls 62 which included two massive sixes and seven fours. Haider departed after scoring 43-balls 69 which included four fours and as many sixes.

Shaheen was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three for 28 in his quota of four overs. Dilbar Hussain and David Weise claimed a wicket each.

Qalandars started the chase confidently as Fakhar and captain Sohail Akhtar scored 49 in the powerplay.

Sohail was run-out after a misunderstanding in the middle of the wicket while looking for a second-run. Fakhar and Lynn continued to dominate from there.

Fakhar scored his first fifty of PSL 5 whereas Lynn scored his first PSL fifty. Lynn departed after scoring a fiery 32-balls 59 with the help of six fours and three massive sixes. Player of the match Fakhar made 63 in 46 balls.

Qalandars collapsed as they lost four wickets for just 14 runs. They needed 24 in the last two overs with Weise and Samit on the crease.

Weise with the help of a six and a four in the second last over made 16 runs, they required only eight runs in the last over. Carlos Braithwaite bowled four good balls as Weise hit the six on the second-ball to win them by five wickets. Carlos was the pick of the bowlers claiming three for 28.