They say form is temporary and class is permanent: Kevin Pietersen clicked at the right time for Quetta Gladiators to chase this season’s only 200-plus target at the iconic Sharjah cricket ground.
The out-of-favour English batsman plundered unbeaten 88 off 42 balls as his side relived the 18th match of the inaugural, in which Gladiators had chased down 201 against the same opposition.
It all began in the 17th over. With 62 needed off the last four overs, Pietersen smoked Sunil Narine over square-leg boundary for a six. The next ball he struck a gigantic maximum over midwicket boundary that went out of the stadium. From there, it was all over for the Qalandars.
Jason Roy hit his second PSL2 fifty. — PSL
Brendon McCullum introduced Mohammad Irfan Jr. into the attack. He had conceded 22 runs and accounted for the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Rilee Roussouw in his first three overs. KP launched him out of the park four times as the juvenile pacer bowled all over the place in his search of yorkers.
Sarfraz Ahmed, who had watched the ball sail over the fence for the past three overs, fell in the penultimate over off Sohail Tanvir, which may have instilled a ray of hope amongst Qalandars’ camp but Anwar Ali settled the match in the next three balls.
Lahore Qalandars had raced to 75 without a loss in six overs earlier in the day with Jason Roy recording his second fifty-plus score in five matches. After the Englishman fell to Hassan Khan’s yorker, Fakhar Zaman impress once again after a belligerent 56 against Karachi Kings as he held the fort with a 31-ball 47.
Late blows down the order by Mohammad Rizwan and Cameron Delport took Qalandars to double-hundred. The duo amassed 51 runs in the last five overs.