Peshawar Zalmi rode on a brilliant half-century from Kamran Akmal and some fine spin bowling from Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Hafeez to beat Lahore Qalandars by 17 runs in a crucial must-win game in the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Friday (February 24).
It was a do-or-die match for Peshawar, and they batted with spirit and bowled on target, stopping Lahore from becoming the second team to reach the play-offs after Quetta Gladiators achieved the feat on Thursday.
Kamran’s 40-ball 58, studded with nine boundaries, had lifted Peshawar to 166 for 6 in their 20 overs after they became the first team to bat first on winning the toss in the league.
Lahore raced to 38 without loss with Cameroon Delport knocking five boundaries in the second over of the innings bowled by Mohammad Asghar, the left-arm spinner, but it soon became 38 for 3 and 39 for 5 with wickets tumbling one after the other.
Fakhar Zaman was out for nought, Brendon McCullum for 6, Umar Akmal for 1 and Grant Elliott for nought. Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal for 4 left Lahore tottering at 43 for 6.
Sunil Narine, who made 21 with a six and two fours, and Aamer Yamin’s run-a-ball 25 lifted them to 88 but even a late fightback could not save Lahore.
Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Shah raised some faint hopes with 21 coming off the 19th over bowled by Wahab Riaz, but Shahid Afridi’s last over yielded only seven runs. Sohail hit 36 not out off 28 with two sixes, while Yasir made a 19-ball 22.
Shakib took 2 for 14 in two overs, while Hafeez finished with 2 for 25 in three overs.
Earlier, tt was Kamran who lifted Peshawar to a defendable total. He added 53 for the second wicket with Hafeez, who made 13. There were small but useful contributions from Marlon Samuels (17) and Shakib, who made 30. In the slog overs Darren Sammy hit 17 not out off eight balls with a four and a six.
Peshawar now have seven points from as many matches and play Quetta in their last game on Saturday. Lahore are left with six points in six games, with a game against Karachi Kings, also on Saturday.
In Friday’s second match, Islamabad United will meet Quetta at the same venue.