Lahore: Left-handed batter Ben Dunk showed class and scored 93 runs off 43 balls to set the tone for Lahore Qalandars to beat Quetta Gladiators by 37 runs.
Qalandars were on top of the game to mark their first win in the tournament so far in four matches. With the bowl, it was Salman Irshad who took four wickets to wrap up things on a strong note for his team.
With a handsome strike rate of 216.27, Dunk struck 10 sixes and three fours. He turned the tables with four sixes in an over to Nawaz which built up the momentum for his team which scored 209-5 in 20 overs.
On the other hand, Samit Patel batted strongly with Dunk to keep Qalanadars going potently on the scoreboard. He joined Dunk when Qalandars were struggling at 50-3 but the right-hand-left-hand combination added 155 runs to the team’s total. Patel scored 71 off 40 balls including nine boundaries and two sixes.
Earlier, Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman provided a slow start in the powerplay. Fakhar fell to Nawaz for 36 runs after scoring just 15. Lynn, with the help of four boundaries and a six, scored 27.
For Gladiators, Ben Cutting took two wickets whereas Mohammad Nawaz, Fawad Ahmed, and Mohammad Husnain bagged a wicket each.
In reply, the men in purple suffered due their batsmen lost wickets earlier. Openers Jason Roy (12) and Shane Watson (23) managed to score just 28 runs together in big run-chase. Ben Cutting tried hard to rescue Gladiators but managed to score 53 runs off 27 balls.
For Qalandars, Salman bagged four wickets while Dilbar Hussain, Samit Patel, and Mohammad Faizan bagged two wickets each.