Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators by 63 runs
DUBAI: Courtesy to Umar Akmal and Zafar Gohar, Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators by 63 runs to register their first win in the tournament.
After winning the toss, Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed chose to field first, but the decision totally went against his strategies as Qalandars openers, Azhar Ali and Delport kept their calm and played off first six risky overs without loosing any wicket.
This was enough time for Delport to stretch his arms, he began to take Gladiators bowlers when Azhar Ali left the crease with 20 in the bag.
H was then joined by Umar Akmal who came in and changed the whole face of the game. Akmal first completed his (also PSL fastest) fifty in just 22 balls and then went to capitalize on it.
Delport also departed for 65 but Umar, with 8 gigantic sixes and 6 fours in his innings scored 93 of just 40 balls.
gladiators in reply were quite defensive, slow pace of the innings built up the pressure which caused them quick wickets.
Sarfraz (32) and Nawaz (42) gave some support to the team but once they lost wickets in pursue of big shots, no other player could manage at least to play full 20 overs, and all the team was out on 129 in just 16.2 overs.
Zafara Gohar and Ajentha Mendis 4 and 3 wickets respectively.