Fakhar-Hafeez show commitment as Qalandars beat Gladiators by nine wickets

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KARACHI: Fakhar Zaman (82*) and Mohammad Hafeez (73*) consolidated for a match-winning partnership as Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators by nine wickets in fourth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6.

The left-hand-right-hand combination thrashed Gladiators’ bowling line as they were completely speechless in front of the two in-form batters.

Earlier, Chris Gayle and Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 101 runs together as Gladiators scored 178-6 in 20 overs. 

Sent into bat first, Gladiators lost their openers earlier for just 12 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi followed Haris Rauf and picked his first wicket as Gladiators were reduced to 20-2 in three overs. Tom Banton fell to Rauf while young Saim was removed by Afridi.

But, Gayle and Sarfaraz joined the crease and scored a match-building partnership. Sarfaraz scored 40 runs with the help of five boundaries before falling to Rauf. However, Gayle continued for long and smashed 68 runs off 40 balls laced with five boundaries and as many sixes.

Mohammad Nawaz remained not out for 33 runs and raced the score of Gladiators.

For Qalandars, Rauf bagged three wickets while Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, and Rashid Khan took a wicket each.

In reply, Qalandars were on song with openers Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman scoring 64 runs together. Skipper Akhtar gave away his wicket to Zahid Mehmood after scoring 21 runs.

Thereon, Hafeez and Fakhar smashed the ball all around the park after getting a couple of chances.

For Gladiators, Zahid took a lone wicket.

Toss

Lahore Qalandars’ skipper Sohail Akhtar has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Quetta Gladiators in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6.

Squads

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Azam Khan, Saim Ayub, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mehmood, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari

Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ahmed Daniyal, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

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