Lahore Qalandars ascend to final after triumphing over Peshawar Zalmi
Lahore: In a nail-biting finish, the Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets and moved to the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) final, where they will face Multan Sultans and battle it out for the title of season eight. Chasing the 172-run target, the Qalandars managed to reach home in 18.5 overs. They lost Fakhar Zaman (6) early to Azmatullah Omarzai after he has castled while trying to play a big heave.
Lahore Qalandars ascend to final after triumphing over Peshawar Zalmi Meanwhile, Ahsan Hafeez, who was playing his first PSL match, handed a simple catch to wicketkeeper Haseebullah after he top-edged a ball from Wahab Riaz. The left-hander scored 15 runs in 10 balls.
After a big mixup between Abdullah Shafique and Mirza Tahir Baig, the former was sent packing. The right-hander scored run-a-ball 10. Shafique's departure brought Sam Billings to the crease, who along with Tahir got the Qalandars’ run-chase back on track with a crucial 50-run partnership in only 28 balls. However, Tahir was dismissed after reaching his maiden T20 fifty with Aamer Jamal bagging the crucial scalp. He scored 54 runs in 42 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.
Published in The Daily National Courier, March, 18 2023
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