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Hafeez masterclass, Dilbar heroics get Qalandars over the line in thrilling encounter
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Hafeez masterclass, Dilbar heroics get Qalandars over the line in thrilling encounter

Mohammad Hafeez smashed a glorious half-century before David Wiese added the finishing touches to a thrilling chase as Lahore Qalandars knocked Peshawar Zalmi out of the tournament.

Qalandars were plagued by a horrible start when PSL debutant Saqib Mahmood starred with three wickets in his opening spell to dent the opposition.

Faced with a severe loss of momentum, Hafeez partnered with Ben Dunk to provide stability. While Dunk adopted the role of a reserved batting merchant, Hafeez proved to be the accelerator as they stitched a 55-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Dunk fell to PSL newbie Mohammad Imran with an ill-fated swipe towards the off-side region as Carlos Brathwaite held onto the catch via a juggling attempt.

A couple of tight overs put Peshawar back in the driving seat but Samit Patel soon settled into his groove and hammered successive boundaries to even out the equation.

Samit was then dismissed by Rahat Ali to peg back Qalandars' pursuit of the 171-run target. Just when Peshawar seemed to set to seal the deal, Rahat spilled a costly chance offered by a miscued slog from Hafeez.

The veteran all-rounder made full use of the reprieve to punish Mahmood in ruthless fashion as he deposited two boundaries and a terrific maximum in the 18th over to bring it to 20 runs off 12 deliveries.

Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz took the onus to deliver the penultimate over but Wiese proved to be the main protagonist as his rapid cameo helped Qalandars progress to the second Eliminator.

Wiese shellacked two sixes in a row to finish off the match with an over to spare, leaving the Zalmi camp stunned at the outcome.

Peshawar's innings was an oscillating journey of highs and lows as Dilbar Hussain headlined the Qalandars seamers' brilliant performance.

While Shoaib Malik was the top-scorer for his team, Hardus Viljoen played the most impactful innings to take Zalmi to a challenging total of 170-9.

Viljoen belted three sixes and three fours in his blistering knock and was eventually dismissed on the final ball of the innings for a valuable 16-ball 37.