Recent Match Outline – Qalandars vs Zalmi 17th Match 2020/21-2021


Tim David’s 36-ball 64 set up a stiff target after Lahore were in trouble, and Rashid Khan did the rest

Lahore Qalandars 170 for 8 (David 64*, Dunk 48, Allen 2-36) whip Peshawar Zalmi 160 for 8 (Malik 73, Umaid 23*, Rashid 5-20, Faulkner 2-23) by ten runsAfter the drama of final night, Lahore Qalandars ensured their victory today would be moderately more straightforward, seeing off Peshawar Zalmi by ten runs. A magical five-wicket haul for Rashid Khan – his first in franchise T20 cricket – ripped the heart out of Zalmi’s middle order, ensuring a valiant 48-ball 73 from Shoaib Malik wouldn’t in point of fact come near to taking them over the line.That didn’t intent the Qalandars didn’t take the scenic route ,though. The men in green looked as whether they had batted themselves out of the game when they were reduced to 25 for 4 within eight overs. Thereafter, then again, it was once all Qalandars, thanks to start with to a match-rescuing 81 run partnership between Ben Dunk and Tim David to set their side back on target. David then combined with James Faulkner to take it up a notch in the last six overs, which saw 90 runs scored. The Singaporean led the way with a 36-ball 64, setting Zalmi a stiff 171 for victory.Zalmi would end up mirroring Qalandars’ woeful start, losing openers Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali to Faulkner’s first over, whose irrepressible start to the PSL may even see the Australian selectors begin to concentrate in a World Cup year. A 51-run stand between Shoaib Malik and David Miller kept Zalmi interested, but that was once before the Rashid Khan show. The legspinner would rip apart the middle order, not possible to either read or play for Zalmi. By the point he was once done with his spell, he had ended up taking five wickets, and Zalmi were all but out of the contest. Umaid Asif kept Qalandars’ nerves jangling with a breezy cameo at the death, but Zalmi had been left too much to do.

Peshawar’s stifling start

The Dunk-David partnership had the quality to win most T20 games, but it’s easy to fail to remember how hopeless the position they were forced to consolidate from was once. That was once the case thanks to a superb opening spell from both Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan, who whip the batter’s tentative out of doors edges so regularly, it might have been a Test match with a new Dukes ball in overcast English conditions. Wahab mixed up the length deliveries with a pinpoint yorker to dispatch Fakhar Zaman in the first over, while Irfan followed it up by drawing an out of doors edge from Qalandars skipper Sohail Akhtar.

The blows from Zalmi kept coming, Umaid Asif proving Mohammad Hafeez’s undoing with a devilishly quick bouncer the batsman toe-ended to additional cover. Mohammad Faizan, who endured a wretched little innings where he perceived to lack both ability and mean, fell thanks to a stupendously good diving catch from Wahab Riaz at mid-off. It was once his 21st delivery, with the No. 3 managing just eight runs. It brought David and Dunk together, and the rest was once history.

Rashid Khan masterclass

It might be easier to copy and paste the rich tributes the Afghan superstar earned after his exploits against Islamabad United, but this was once an even more imperious performance. He begun sloppily with a couple of wayward balls down legside, and his first over ended up going for 15 runs – six more than he had allowed in his entire spell the day before today.

But from thereon, a mesmeric two overs changed the face of the game entirely. Up to this point, Malik and Miller had quietly built up a partnership of mounting importance for Zalmi after the quickfire loss of the openers, and while the asking rate approached 11, players like Sherfane Rutherford and Fabian Allen were to follow. But when Rashid had Miller chopping onto his stumps in the tenth over, Zalmi found their defences breached in a far more comprehensive way. Rovman Powell attempted, and missed, a sweep shot two balls later; but the third Rashid over was once the icing on the cake.

He looked to have Rutherford plumb first ball, and the batsman was once spared only by the faintest trace of a glove on it. A couple more googlies followed before he threw in the conventional legspinner, a magical delivery that sent the off stump bail flying. The hapless Allen looked deceased in front first ball, and again, was once only saved by the have an effect on on the pads being marginally out of doors off. Rashid would have the final laugh, though, finishing him off with a googly the following delivery, and on that occasion, the umpire had no hesitation raising the finger. He would return to take away Wahab and total a five-for, with his figures of 4-1-20-5 not flattering him in the slightest.

David a diamond in the rough

What is it with men named David and finishing games off for Lahore? It’s secure to say David wasn’t widely known in Pakistan when Lahore Qalandars plumped for him in the replacement draft, but he certainly is now.

Filling David Weise’s boots for Qalandars is a near-impossible task, but David has made a sparkling start. After a priceless cameo against Islamabad, his 34-ball 64 today offered a lot more substance. He was once involved in a sensible rebuild with Dunk early on, prioritising keeping wickets. But without taking risks, he gave the impression to be moving the run rate upwards. He brought up his half-century of 30 balls by pulling Wahab over midwicket for six before following up with two more in the last over to assure his side had a vice-like grip on the game they were never likely to relinquish.

Where they stand

Lahore extend their lead at the top of the table with five wins in six games. The defeat sees Zalmi drop down to fourth.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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