Rashid, Shaheen star in Qalandars win over Zalmi

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Karachi: Shaheen Shah Afridi and Rashid Khan were the standout performers in Lahore Qalandars’ four-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi in second match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six here at National Stadium.

The 20-year-old Shaheen picked three wickets for just 14 runs to restrict Zalmi on 140-6 while the No.1 bowler in T20Is Rashid complemented with both bat and ball.

Put into bat first by Qalandars’ captain Sohail Akhtar, Zalmi lost Imam ul-Haq on first ball of the match coutesry off a brilliant away swing by Shaheen that caught a thick edge back to keeper. Zalmi was unable to gain momentum in powerplay as they manage to score 36 and lost three wickets.

Veteran Shoaib Malik (26) looked set but he was sent back to pavilion by David Wiese in the ninth over. Zalmi needed a solidarity partnership which was provided by Ravi Bopara and Sherfane Rutherford.

The duo added 64 for the fifth wicket until Shaheen once again spoiled the party by dismissing Rutherford (26). He hit two sixes in his 27-ball inning.

Meanwhile, Bopara registered his 36th fifty in T20 cricket He scored 44-ball 50, powered by six fours. All-rounder Amad Butt provided a late blitz of 11-ball 23*, leading Zalmi to 140/6 in 20 overs.

Besides Shaheen’s three wickets, debutant Daniyal Mirza picked 2/35 while Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan without conceding any boundary, bowled a spell of 0/14.

Qalandars started the chase positively with Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar going seven-run per over until Afghanistan’s Mujeeb-ur-Rehman removed Akhtar (14) on the second ball of the fifth over.

In the following over, Zalmi’s skipper Wahab Riaz removed Fakhar (15) as Malik claimed a spectacular catch going backward while fielding at short-leg.

Later, Agha Salman (21) was the third man to dismiss as Amad Butt dismantled his stumps. Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk tried to stabilize the innings and both added 36 for fourth wickets.

Qalandars lost three wickets in quick succession, two came off Saqib Mehmood’s last over of the spell where he dismissed Samit Patel and Wiese in consecutive balls.

Hafeez who stood firm at one end, got impressive support from Rashid who smashed 15-ball 27 to take Qalandars home in 18.3 overs. Hafeez remained unbeaten at 33 off 26 balls.

Shaheen was awarded player of the match for his brilliant spell of 3/14.

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