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Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandar by five wickets

DUBAI (Agencies) – All-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helped Karachi Kings to beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the 20th match of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL-4) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Karachi and Lahore are the two largest cities in Pakistan, boasting a population in excess of 25 million.These are gigantic numbers, but when the two meet in the PSL, big numbers are in short supply. The two played out an edgy low-scoring contest for the second time in ten days, but this time Karachi Kings prevailed, thanks to an all-round performance from Iftikhar Ahmed helping them to a five-wicket win.Karachi s need was greater, and they propel themselves back in contention for the playoffs.It was a subdued batting performance from Lahore, who never seemed to get the lift-off they needed to put up a more testing total.Fakhar Zaman was well contained at the top, while Haris Sohail could manage no more than a start. Even AB de Villiers couldn t be his destructive self, and even though the South African was at the crease for the better part of Lahore s innings, they would have been hoping for more than a somewhat plodding 32-ball 33.
Iftikhar was the pick of Karachi s bowlers, oddly bowling just two overs, but conceding just four runs and taking the wickets of Fakhar and Haris in the process. It meant they put up 133, left needing another big performance from their bowlers on a track that had begun to slow.The bowlers did give it a right go, with Sandeep Lamichhane continuing his dazzling form. He took 2 for 17 in his four, with David Weise impressively economical and Haris Rauf irrepressibly valiant.But not everyone was able to deliver in the way they needed to defend a low total.Yasir Shah was disappointing and expensive, and when Aizaz Cheema bowled a no-ball that went for four, Imad Wasim thumped the ensuing free hit for another boundary.That was it for the Lahore fightback, and impressive as it had been, the flawlessness necessary to defend 133 wasn t quite there.Iftikhar s first over was the stuff of dreams for Imad s side.He bowled wide to the left-hander, frustrating Fakhar, who skied his second ball straight to a fielder. Two balls later, he had de Villiers sweeping straight to Babar Azam, who dropped a simple catch.
Off the last ball, there was a run-out chance, de Villiers surviving by inches. Iftikhar s day had just begun, and Lahore would never get on the front foot again.
Fakhar opened the bowling in defense of a low total. There was little margin for error in the Powerplay, and the gamble did not work.Karachi carted him around for 14, and they were already off and running.He won t get the plaudits today because there was just so much happening, but just when Karachi seemed like they might lose their way, Liam Livingstone s calm head set them back on course.Coming in during a time when Karachi had scored just 10 runs in four overs, he began his innings by taking six singles in Lamichhane s third over. In the next two overs, he found a four and a six off Weise and Yasir to keep the asking rate in check.
That fifty-run partnership with Colin Ingram may not be the most explosive, but it was precisely what Karachi required in a moment when Lahore threatened to undo all their good work. Livingstone ensured that wouldn t happen, scoring 38 off 34 to become the tournament s leading run-scorer, and more importantly, keep his side in real contention.
It might have been conjectured that bowling with Yasir would give Lamichhane an invaluable learning experience, but on the evidence of their performances, much of the advice may be heading the other way. While Lamichhane has thrived after a rough start, Yasir s game looks like it has fallen away badly.He never looked in control of the spinning deliveries, and whenever he tried the googly, he invariably ended up dragging it short. The batsmen appeared to pick him out of the hand far better than they did the Nepalese teenager.The 11th over saw Livingstone mete out the toughest punishment, smashing him for two fours and a six on an over that cost 18. That brought the asking rate from 7.5 to almost a run a ball, with Yasir conceding 21 off 3.1 overs.The contrast of Lamichhane s success gives the more experienced Yasir plenty to ponder with regards to adapting his game for the shortest format.Karachi and Lahore now both have three wins in seven games, occupying fourth and fifth positions respectively.

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Quetta Gladiators rule the roost as Sharjah leg of PSL concludes

DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League 4 has it all, from high drama last-ball sixes to narrow wins and from hat-trick to rattling of stumps and brilliant catches.
Quetta Gladiators, living up to thier reputation of fighters, are ruling the table with eight wins in five games and it needed an extra-ordinary innings from Colin Ingram to stop the juggernauts.Ingram hit the highest-ever individual score to date of 127 off just 59 balls, spiced up with eight sixes and 12 boundaries to lit up the tournament big time. The first phase had also livened up with two exciting last-ball finishes.
Lahore Qalandars outlasting Multan Sultans on Friday with a six by former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese. Very next day Wiese was at the receiving end, conceding a last-ball six to Quetta and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Throughout the first phase, the Gladiators have proved to be a balanced side. They have set plans under an astute coach in Moin Khan and lively captain in Sarfraz bowl first, restrict the opponents and then chase with authority whatever comes their way.
Quetta’s top-order comprising three former players of their countries Australia’s Shane Watson, South Africa’s Rilee Rossuw and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal were on fire in most of the matches. Both Watson and Umar have hit two half-centuries to enable Quetta win by six, seven and eight wickets respectively.Umar is at the top of most runs chart with 200, followed by Watson on 186. Rossouw has 157 with one fifty and that defines how good Quetta’s batting is.One-time winners Peshawar Zalmi are second on the chart, primarily due to their fast bowling strength. Zalmi’s Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has so far stood out, taking wickets in his first over in three matches to jolt the best of batting.
Hasan has three four-fors in five games which has fetched him 15 wickets and first place in bowlers’ list.Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif further give firepower to Zalmi’s bowling, while England’s left-arm spinner Liam Dawson is an asset as he can also smash the ball to all corner while batting.
Zalmi, though, are waiting for dashing opener Kamran Akmal, who only has one score of 49 to show in PSL4. Islamabad United, third on the table, again had mixed fortunes.The defending champions started the tournament with a thumping five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars. But, they then lost to Multan Sultans and Quetta in their next two games as batting let them down.
It needed a patient half-century from Ian Bell and a hat-trick by skipper Mohammad Sami to revive Islamabad’s fortunes as they thumped Peshawar by 12 runs to return to winning ways. Luke Ronchi then smashed a fiery half-century to help Islamabad beat Karachi in their last game.
Islamabad will next meet Multan in Dubai on Tuesday. Multan are badly in need of a victory as they are lying in sixth and last place, so the title holders can expect a backlash from their opponents.Lahore Qalandars are on fourth after some mixed fortunes. They lost the opening game to Islamabad but did not take long to register a win that too against old rivals Karachi.
Lahore’s newest pace sensation Haris Rauf grabbed four wickets while Rahat Ali (three) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (two wickets) were equally destructive.Lahore found Peshawar bowling too hot to handle as Hasan (four for 15), Wahab (three for 17) and leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (two for 14) wrecked them for a low total of 78.De Villiers and Wiese brought them back on track against Multan before Sarfaraz snatched a last-ball six to leave Lahore with four points in five games. Karachi finally fired and returned to the old winning ways with that Ingram masterclass.
They won their first game by a narrow seven-run margin against Multan with half-centuries from Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam, but in their next three matches, they failed to score a single fifty. Their pace attack comprising of Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan had failed all taking wickets but containing runs.Amir recorded his best HBL PSL figures of four for 25, but has since taken just three wickets. Sohail has been a major flop while Usman too was wayward and expensive.
Lastly, despite having big names in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell, Multan Sultan have been unimpressive. Other than Malik and one innings from Vince, Multan’s batting has left a lot to be desired and so has their bowling.The first phase of PSL has once again thrown some exciting talent. Islamabad’s Mohammad Musa and Multan’s Ali Shafiq have impressed with their wicket-taking abilities.Musa took three for 25 on his HBL PSL debut to announce his arrival and was again threatening against Karachi with figures of one for 28. Shafiq was man of the match on his debut against Islamabad with two for 11 in his four overs.
The rise of Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan is a story in itself as he graduated from Under-19 to HBL PSL from a humble background. Umer picked up two wickets against Lahore, including the prized wicket of AB de Villiers.Pakistan regular in Tests and ODIs, Imam-ul-Haq, has also made his presence felt in the HBL PSL with two half-centuries.th 2019.

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PSL Highlights 2019 Match 12: Quetta Gladiators Vs Lahore Qalandars: QG beat beat LQ by three wickets

SHARJAH: It could not have been a better sight than Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed sealing the fate of a HBL PSL match, sending the last ball of the match over deep mid-wicket boundary to give Quetta Gladiators a three wicket win against Lahore.
Quetta, chasing 144 to win, needed three off the last ball from David Wiese and Sarfraz completed the task for Quetta’s fourth win in as many games to keep them on top of the six-team HBL PSL table.With that six Sarfraz finished with 52 not out off 36 balls with a six and four boundaries.Lahore Qalandars found the going tough against an accurate Quetta bowling, riding on a laborious 40-ball 45 not out which were, uncharacteristically, without a six and had only two boundaries to post a modest 143-7 in their 20 overs after sent into bat.
Quetta have now chased down targets successfully in all four matches, winning by six, seven, eight wickets in the previous matches.Quetta were in a spot of bother when they lost in-form Shane Watson off a third-ball duck and then the other two successful batsmen Rilee Rossouw (17) and Umar Akaml (nine departed soon to leave Quetta in a difficult situation at 3-53.
Ahsan Ali, who scored 29-ball 40 with two sixes and as many boundaries, fell to Sandeep Lamichanne and Dwayne Smith was run out for two, but the wily campaigner Sarfraz kept his nerves.Sarfraz and Mohammad Nawaz (18-ball 19 with a six) took Quetta to within nine runs of victory.Quetta needed seven off the last over which started with Wiese bowling Anwar Ali with a yorker.Sarfraz still knew a big hit could help Quetta cross the line and that he ultimately did, making Wiese — who hit a last ball six in Lahore’s win over Multan Sultans on Friday  a villain from a hero.
Quetta kept their top position with the win. Peshawar Zalmi (tw0 wins and two losses in four matches) are second, Islamabad United are third (two wins and two losses but ineferior net run-rate), Lahore are fourth (three losses, two wins in five), Multan are fifth (two points from four) while Karachi Kings are sixth (two losses and one win from three matches).Sarfraz praised opposition’s bowling.”When you chase you need to keep wickets in hand, but today we lost wickets regularly because Lahore bowled well.
In the end it was my day and I hit the needed runs,” said Sarfraz.Lahore’s skipper Fakhar Zaman — leading the side after De Villiers hurt his back and couldn’t take the field — admitted his team was short on runs.”We couldn’t get a big total and that hurt us badly,” said Fakhar.Lahore’s batting was kept under tight check by Quetta.It was young Mudassar who was impressive with 3-21. He did not allow the great De Villiers to hit at his usual best.
Mudassar kept following the great master as and when he moved in the crease, allowing him a leg bey and two singles in the 18th and just seven in the final over.Left-arm spinner Nawaz (1-35) removed Fakhar (three) in the second over.But Fakhar’s partner, Sohail Akhtar looked threatening as he smashed three sixes and a boundary in his 21-ball 29 but Mudassar got him caught behind to check the flow of runs.Corey Anderson, playing his first game this year, hit a six in his 18-ball 19 before David Wiese (16-ball 20 with a six) helped De Villiers add 40 for the fifth wicket.
But Lahore did not manage to hit high and wide in final overs as just 28 in the final five overs.That was because Quetta unleashed tight bowling, with Sohail Tanvir also chipping in with 2-21 in his four overs.None of the Quetta bowlers went over seven per over, with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed the most expensive, returning with figures of 0-31.Karachi Kings meet title holders Islamabad United later Saturday.Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by three wickets in HBL PSLBrief Scores:Lahore Qalandars 143-7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 45 not out; Ghulam Mudassar 3-21, Sohail Tanvir 2-21)Quetta Gladiators 148-7 in 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 52 not out; Haris Rauf 2-25)

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Islamabad United prevail over Lahore Qalanders in PSL-4 opener

DUBAI (Dunya News) – Islamabad United kept their nerves after losing three early wickets in one over from Rahat Ali to register an impressive five-wicket victory over Lahore Qalanders in the opening match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super …
Faheem Ashraf hit a six on the second ball of the 20th over bowled by Lahore Qalanders captain Muhammad Hafeez to seal the match for the defending champions Islamabad United.
Islamabad United innings was rocked by Rahat Ali in the start when he claimed wickets of openers Rizwan Hussain and Luke Ronchi on successive deliveries. Philip Salt denied a hat-trick to Rahat but fell on the last ball of same over.
Rizwan Hussain and Luke Ronchi gave a flying start to Islamabad United added 45 runs for the opening partnership before getting out on two consecutive deliveries. They contributed 15 and 27 runs respectively.
Philip Salt scored just four runs.Delport and Hussain Talat steadied Islamabad United innings and added 55 runs for the stand of fourth wicket before Delport departed after making 24 runs to give Rahat Ali his fourth wicket of the match.
Hussain Talat followed soon after contributing 37 runs.Asif Ali was then joined by Faheem Ashraf when Islamabad United were 118-5 and needed 54 runs for victory in 32 deliveries.
The pair hit Lahore Qalanders bowlers to all corners of the ground to guided Islamabad United to victory.Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf added 59 runs in their unbroken partnership.
Asif Ali remained not our after making 36 runs in just 19 balls, hitting two fours and three sixes. Faheem Ashraf also remained not out and contributed 23 runs in just 11 deliveries with the help of two boundaries and two sixes.
Rahat Ali was the most successful bowler for Lahore Qalanders and claimed four wickets by giving away 29 runs in his quota of four overs. CR Brathwaite chipped in with one wicket.
Earlier, Fakhar Zaman hit a blistering half century as Lahore Qalanders set 172 runs target for Islamabad United in the opening match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4) at the Dubai International cricket stadium on Thursday.Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar laid a solid foundation for Lahore Qalanders as the pair added 97 runs in 10.
4 overs before Sohail Akhtar gloved a rising delivery from Faheem Ashraf to the safe hands of Luke Ronchi.Sohail Akhtar made 37 runs.
Fakhar Zaman could not capitalize on a solid start and threw away his wicket on a wide delivery from Shadab Khan after scoring 65 runs.AB de Villiers, making his debut in the Pakistan Super League, stayed on the crease for just 17 deliveries befor he was dismissed by a good catch by Philip Salt on the boundary line on the bowling of Waqas.
De Villiers made 24 runs with the help of two boundaries and a huge six.Lahore Qalanders lost quick wickets in the last five overs in a bid to post a big total but they managed only 171 runs for the loss on eight wickets.
Faheem Ashraf bowled superbly for Islamabad United and took two wickets by giving away just 24 runs in his quota of four overs. Muhammad Sami, Waqas Maqsood, Shadab Khan and CS Delport claimed one wicket each.
Faheem Ashraf was named man of the match for his all-round performance in the match

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