Lahore Qalandars registered their third win (three in three after losing first six games in a row) of this season by 17 runs against the in-form Quetta Gladiators. Quetta could only manage to score 169/6 in pursuit of 187. Quetta are still second on the table with 10 points but only just, with only one more game to go.
Quetta started off the chase at a reasonable rate; Jason Roy (36 off 26) played his first game of the season and along with Shane Watson (12 off 13) scored 52 off just 32 for the first wicket. Shaheen Afridi dismissed Watson to break the partnership and the momentum just before the end of the powerplay. Jason Roy fell in the next over, Sunil Narine was once again brilliant with the ball. He also got rid of Kevin Pietersen just when he was getting to free his arms. Rilee Rossouw (42 off 22) and Sarfraz (28* off 19) tried to bring Quetta closer to the target but failed to close the game this time.
Earlier, Lahore Qalandars were put into bat by Quetta Gladiators. They posted 186/4 (second highest team total this year) as Fakhar Zaman went on to score 94 off 50. Zaman’s blistering knock included 9 fours and 6 sixes; 94 also became the third highest individual score of the season. Gulraiz Sadaf (42* off 27) and Sunil Narine (20* off 14) hit 45 off 29 for the 5th wicket to ensure Lahore reached 186. Quetta’s bowlers were hit all over the park; Shane Watson and Rahat Ali went for 50 for 0 and 51 for 1 respectively. Hassan Khan was used for only one over. He took the all-important wicket of Brendon McCullum.