Lahore Qalandars fans deserve all the sympathy in the world right now. They didn’t even get the time to recover from the ‘super over’ heartbreak against Islamabad United last night and here they were today, witnessing yet another COLLAPSE, yet another DEFEAT. Lahore have now lost 5 games in a row! This has been their worst season even by their standards. Lahore are officially one of the worst T20 franchise with a loss %age of 76.2. They’ve played 21 matches so far, lost 16. With today’s loss, Qalandars have also equaled Karachi Kings losing streak in PSL history.
Lahore Qalandars opted to bat first. Fakhar Zaman (30 off 17) and Brendon McCullum (15 off 15) played their shots, scored 42 for the first wicket off 29 balls before normal service resumed for Qalanards. They lost their entire side for just 58 runs; a collapse is the only attribute this team has religiously been able to embrace.
Peshawar Zalmi bowlers were clinical: Hasan Ali made a comeback after injury, took yet another 3-fer. Liam Dawson (3 for 20) and Wahab Riaz (2 for 14) shared five wickets between them. Lahore’s batsmen looked dazed and confused (yeah, same old, same old), their star batsmen failed to consolidate, they looked clueless against the Zalmi bowlers.
Later, the Zalmi batsmen made sure they chased down the target of 101 with a stamp of authority; they won by 10 wickets. It was Tamim Iqbal’s last game of this season for Zalmi; he made 37* off 35.
While, Kamran Akmal (57 off 47) breezed his way through his fourth fifty in PSL for Zalmi. Nothing went Lahore’s way, their bowlers had given up before the chase had even begun.
Zalmi now have three wins in five games, they are third on the points table.