Lahore Qalandars’ captain Brendon McCullum blamed his bowlers for the sixth successive defeat in the Pakistan Super League’s third edition as they went down against Islamabad by six wickets in Dubai on Thursday.
Lahore rode on a brilliant 62-run inning by their opener Anton Devcich on PSl debut but still managed 163-8, losing their last eight wickets for a mere 62 runs in a customary collapse.
Devcich’s New Zealand team-mate Luke Ronchi blasted 41-ball 77 with six sixes and five boundaries to help Islamabad reach the target in 17.4 overs.
All four games of Lahore Qalandars are do-or-die contests now, moreover, even their perfect run in the PSL now onwards will not guarantee a place in the playoffs as they will have to hope for other teams’ defeats to bring NRR in the equation.
McCullum, who made a brisk 12-ball 33, blamed bowlers for not executing the plan.
“We bowled really poorly and pretty disappointed with the bowling performance,” said McCullum after the match.
“We did well with the bat and Devcich was hungry. Young guys might get an opportunity with us out of contention.
McCullum accepted the blame for consistent failure.
“Ultimately as captain, you are responsible for the performances. I have done what I have done with other teams as captain but it has not resonated.”