Zaman, bowlers lead Lahore home

Fakhar Zaman, Lahore Qalandars
Fakhar Zaman and Jason Roy helped Lahore beat Karachi by 7 runs © Pakistan Super League

Lahore Qalandars successfully defended 179 as they beat Karachi Kings by seven runs in a thrilling contest at the iconic Sharjah cricket ground on Thursday(February 16).

Chasing 180 to win, Karachi’s innings got off to a routinely poor start as they lost Chris Gayle in the second over to Sunil Narine. Sangakkara notched his best score since international retirement but even that was insufficient to save his side from another defeat in the tournament. In fact, Karachi’s major challenge came from the 101-run stand between Shoaib Malik and Sangakkara. But they both fell within five balls of each other, leaving too much to do for the out-of-form Ravi Bopara and Kieron Pollard.

Lahore Qalandars, who were bowled out for just 59 in their last game, came out all guns blazing today. Jason Roy and Fakhar Zaman plundered 57 runs in the powerplay overs after their captain’s early departure. Fakhar did not pay any heed to Roy’s dismissal either, as he and Umar Akmal kept on swinging to all parts of the Sharjah.

By the end of the 13th over, Qalandars were situated at 125-4, and looking to target 200. While they didn’t quite manage that, but their final score was enough to defeat Kings in the end.