A remarkable inning by Fakhar Zaman helped Lahore Qalandars to win the third game in a row. The spinners then strangled Quetta in the middle.
Quetta Gladiators Inning
Over 20 – Quetta Gladiators 169/6 (Sarfraz 28*, Nawaz 19*)
Over 19 – Quetta Gladiators 160/6 (Sarfraz 27*, Nawaz 11*)
Sohail Khan continues
Over 18 – Quetta Gladiators 154/6 (Sarfraz 24*, Nawaz 9*)
Shaheen Afridi continues
(17.2) SIX! misses the yorker outside off. It’s a friendly, knee-high full toss with a lot of room.
Over 17 – Quetta Gladiators 143/6 (Sarfraz 16*, Nawaz 8*)
Over 16 – Quetta Gladiators 134/6 (Sarfraz 9*, Nawaz 7*)
(15.5) FOUR! top edge runs away to the third man fence. Short of a length and rising up at his chest.
(15.2) FOUR! A short ball angled in at him from around the wicket.
Over 15 – Quetta Gladiators 124/6 (Sarfraz 2*, Nawaz 2*)
Over 14 – Quetta Gladiators 120/6 (Sarfraz 2*, Nawaz 0*)
(13.4) OUT! Mitch goes full outside off. Doesn’t hit yorker length, but there’s just enough there for Rossouw to lose his room
(13.1) SIX! drags it over deep midwicket.This is a length ball that doesn’t quite come on
Over 13 – Quetta Gladiators 108/5 (Sarfraz 2*, Rossouw 30*)
(12.5) SIX! Overpitched ball on leg stump and swings cleanly to send this over deep midwicket
(12.2) SIX! launches it high above mid-off and it lands on the boundary padding.
Over 12 – Quetta Gladiators 92/5 (Sarfraz 0*, Rossouw 16*)
(11.6) OUT! Yasir Shah takes another wicket
Over 11 – Quetta Gladiators 83/4 (Anwar 2*, Rossouw 9*)
Over 10 – Quetta Gladiators 76/4 (Anwar 0*, Rossouw 4*)
Anwar Ali is the new batsman
(9.5) OUT! tossed-up leg break outside off, dips, creating distance between the bat and the pitch.
Over 9 – Quetta Gladiators 70/3 (Rameez 4*, Rossouw 1*)
(8.3) OUT! Narine sends down a sharp, dipping offbreak. Turns back in sharply from outside off, breaks through the flimsy defences of Pietersen and rattles the stumps
(8.2) SIX! Disappears, carrom ball it was and Pietersen punishes hard, Massive blow
Over 8 – Quetta Gladiators 62/2 (Rameez 3*, Pietersen 5*)
(6.6) OUT! Narine goes up for an lbw appeal, and umpire Riaz raises his finger.
Over 6 – Quetta Gladiators 54/1 (Roy 35*, Pietersen 1*)
(5.2) OUT! Shaheen Afridi cleans up Watson and leaps for joy. Watson moves away outside leg, this back-of-a-length ball skids off the pitch.
Shaheen Afridi comes to bowl
Over 5 – Quetta Gladiators 52/0 (Roy 34*, Watson 12*)
(4.1) SIX! floats it too full and outside off, Roy gets under it and thumps it back over the bowler’s head.
Over 4 – Quetta Gladiators 38/0 (Roy 23*, Watson 9*)
(3.2) SIX! half-tracker on middle, Roy jumps back and pummels a pull over midwicket.
Yasir Shah comes to bowl
Over 3 – Quetta Gladiators 24/0 (Roy 15*, Watson 8*)
(2.4) SIX! Good length, smacked over the mid-wicket
Sohail Khan continues
Over 2 – Quetta Gladiators 15/0 (Roy 7*, Watson 7*)
Narine comes to bowl
Over 1 – Quetta Gladiators 7/0 (Roy 1*, Watson 6*)
(0.6) SIX! back of a length and angling into the hips – Watson likes it there – he picks it up and sends the ball over long leg for a six to round out the over.
Jason Roy and Shane Watson are the openers for Quetta. Sohail Khan takes the new ball.
Lahore Qalandars inning
Over 20 – Lahore Qalandars 186/4 (Gulraiz 42*, Narine 20*)
(19.1) SIX! Smashed! straight as an arrow
Rahat Ali continues
Over 19 – Lahore Qalandars 178/4 (Gulraiz 41*, Narine 15*)
(18.5) SIX! Length ball on leg stump, he steps out and swings cleanly from under it and clears long-on
(18.4) SIX! A terrific strike from Gulraiz, length ball on middle stump,
(18.1) SIX! straight over deep mid-wicket to six.
Over 18 – Lahore Qalandars 159/4 (Gulraiz 29*, Narine 8*)
Over 16 – Lahore Qalandars 154/4 (Gulraiz 28*, Narine 5*)
Over 15 – Lahore Qalandars 147/4 (Gulraiz 22*, Narine 4*)
Narine comes to bat
(15.2) OUT! bottom of the bat but not gone all the way, A brilliant inning comes to an end
Anwar Ali continues
Over 15 – Lahore Qalandars 140/3 (Gulraiz 20*, Fakhar 94*)
(14.6) FOUR! another back foot slap over the infield. This one isn’t off the middle, so it’ll only be a four
(14.4) SIX! A back foot punch over mid-off for six. And clears the boundary by some way.
(14.2) SIX! Clears the front leg, allows the full ball to come in at off stump and lifts it flat over the bowler’s head
(14.1) FOUR! Roy follows the ball over the boundary at midwicket, takes it and flicks it back into play. Stunning effort
Over 14 – Lahore Qalandars 116/3 (Gulraiz 20*, Fakhar 70*)
(13.2) FOUR! A short ball and swipes it over short fine
Over 13 – Lahore Qalandars 104/3 (Gulraiz 13*, Fakhar 65*)
(12.4) FOUR! Gets an inside edge to run away fine
(12.2) FOUR! Zaman isn’t changing gears! Bowler drops it marginally short and he swivels to hammer this pull shot on the up
(12.1) SIX! Steps out against the pacer, picks his slower ball and meets it at the pitch. Swings cleanly to clear the boundary at long-on
Over 12 – Lahore Qalandars 88/3 (Gulraiz 12*, Fakhar 50*)
(11.6) FOUR! full and down leg side, gets down and sweeps forcefully to get this over the long leg boundary on the bounce
(11.5) FOUR! straight down the ground, wonderful shot by Fakhar
Over 11 – Lahore Qalandars 76/3 (Gulraiz 2*, Fakhar 48*)
(10.2) OUT! McCullum stepped out and missed a straight ball outside off with an ugly swipe
Over 10 – Lahore Qalandars 73/2 (McCullum 5*, Fakhar 47*)
(9.2) SIX! tossed up and angling away outside off, too full, Fakhar gets underneath the length and slogs it over the top of mid-on.
Over 9 – Lahore Qalandars 65/2 (McCullum 4*, Fakhar 40*)
Mir Hamza continues
Over 8 – Lahore Qalandars 56/2 (McCullum 2*, Fakhar 33*)
Nawaz comes to bowl
Over 7 – Lahore Qalandars 54/2 (McCullum 1*, Fakhar 32*)
McCullum comes to bat
(6.4) OUT! Fantastic delivery by the newcomer, extra-bounce plucked out the leg stump
Mir Hamza comes to bowl
Over 6– Lahore Qalandars 52/1 (Agha 1*, Fakhar 31*)
(5.3) SIX! too full and veering into the hips, Fakhar picks it up and whips it over short fine leg for a six.
(5.2) OUT! Anwar Ali runs in from deep square leg, dives forward, and hangs onto the catch even as it dies on him. Banged in short and slanting away outside off, sharp angle from Rahat.
Rahat Ali comes to bowl
Over 5– Lahore Qalandars 42/0 (Anton 18*, Fakhar 22*)
(4.2) SIX! hip-high ball on middle and leg, Devcich twirls his wrists and stylishly picks it up over backward square leg.
Over 4 – Lahore Qalandars 31/0 (Anton 8*, Fakhar 22*)
Over 3 – Lahore Qalandars 20/0 (Anton 6*, Fakhar 14*)
Anwar Ali continues
Over 2 – Lahore Qalandars 13/0 (Anton 4*, Fakhar 9*)
(1.2) FOUR! Finds the gap and flicked away to the off-side
Watson comes to bowl
Over 1 – Lahore Qalandars 5/0 (Anton 4*, Fakhar 1*)
(0.6) FOUR! Devcich charges down the track, Anwar drags his length back and shifts his line wider outside off.
Fakhar Zaman and Anton Devcich are to open the inning for Lahore Qalandars, Anwar Ali bowls the new ball.
SHARJAH: Quetta Gladiators have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Lahore Qalandars.
A win for Islamabad United against Multan Sultans on Tuesday has made life easy for Quetta as their 10 points in the group stage will be enough to take them through even if they lose both their remaining games.
However, Lahore’s side may have been short of points they have not been short of providing entertainment, as they provided with one of the most exciting T20 matches ever after they edged on arch-rivals Karachi Kings by five runs in the super over.