HBL PSL 2016 – 8th Match: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

HBL PSL 2016 – 8th Match: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

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HBL PSL 2016 – 8th Match: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

Umar Akmal plays a breath taking innings as Gladiators taste defeat for the first time

The struggling Lahore Qalandars team, yet to register their first win, took on the unbeaten Quetta Gladiators who had brushed aside every other team in the league through some great performances. Mohammad Nawaz has been a revelation with the ball, while Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen and Ahmad Shehzad have all contributed with the bat. The Gladiators had also been really fortunate with the toss in the entire tournament so far. Their luck continued as they won the toss and chose to field once again. Chris Gayle was rested by Lahore and Cameron Delport came on to open the innings instead, along with skipper Azhar Ali. Qalandars had never made it through the first over without losing a wicket in their previous matches, but Azhar Ali had different ideas this time around as he came down the ground and dispatched Anwar Ali for a six in the first over. Delport started hitting boundaries soon after and both batsmen looked to be in great form. The way Delport targeted Nawaz, the highest wicket taker of the tournament so far, was especially impressive, as he played some innovative strokes and was never afraid to come down the track to ensure his dominance.

Azhar Ali departed in the 10th over off Umar Gul as the opening pair put 62 runs on the board. Umar Akmal came out next, as the platform was set for Qalandars to finally get a big score. Delport continued to get under the bowlers’ skin with some fine hitting as he raced to his half century in only 42 deliveries, while Akmal also joined in on the party and took Umar Gul to the cleaners as he dealt only in boundaries. Qalandars kept accelerating their run rate as the innings progressed, and there was no stopping Umar Akmal as he raced to his 50 in only 22 balls. Both these batsmen were absolutely bossing the Gladiators as Qalandars were easily set for the highest total of the tournament so far. The pair broke the record for the highest partnership of the HBL PSL as they added 95 runs from only 43 balls, before Delport was caught leg before off Zulfiqar Babar in the 17th over. Umar Akmal went ballistic however, as he played the innings of the tournament which included ferocious shots all over the park. We had never seen him bat like this before, as he blasted a breath taking 93 from 40 balls! Qalandars had set a mammoth total of 195/3 in their 20 overs, which was never going to be easy for any side to chase down.

Luke Wright and Ahmad Shehzad opened the innings for Quetta Gladiators. Needing nearly 10 runs per over, it was always going to be a daunting task. Luke Wright got lucky early on in the innings, as Zafar Gohar almost held a catch off his own bowling but fumbled it as he looked to celebrate a little too early! Shehzad hit Kevon Cooper for consecutive boundaries in the 3rd over, before dragging the ball onto his stumps on the very next delivery. Wright was dismissed three balls later off Gohar, as he was caught at deep mid wicket by Cooper. At 27/2 after 4 overs, Gladiators were already in dire straits. Pietersen hit a few big shots and there was still some hope for the Gladiators as long as he was out there, but his stay on the crease was short lived as he was also sent packing by Dwayne Bravo. The match seemed to be a foregone conclusion only 6 overs into Quetta’s innings, with three of their best batsmen already in the pavilion, while chasing a monumental total.

Quetta’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, along with Mohammad Nawaz on the crease, tried to get a partnership going and played a few shots as the required rate climbed to 12 runs per over. Nawaz targeted Hammad Azam and put him away for 20 runs in the 10th over as the Gladiators began to pick up some momentum. With nine overs remaining Quetta needed 98 runs with seven wickets in hand. Sarfraz and Nawaz turned the crowd on its head with some beautiful stroke play and we suddenly had a match on our hands. Zohaib Khan put the Qalandars back in control as he claimed the much coveted wicket of Sarfraz in the 13th over. Mendis got rid of Nawaz soon after and Qalandars had their first victory in the bag. It was smooth sailing from then on for Lahore, as Quetta’s tail end collapsed and they were all out for 131, with Zafar Gohar picking up 4 wickets for 14. Qalandars sealed a comprehensive win against the best team of the tournament so far, with Umar Akmal playing an unforgettable innings which will be remembered for a long time.

Scorecard

8th Match: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars  |  Lahore Qalandars won by 63 runs

Match Details
Toss Quetta Gladiators, who chose to field Tournament HBL Pakistan Super League 2016
Umpires
Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and JS Wilson Match Date 08 Feb 2016
Match Referee Mohammad Anees (Pakistan) Ground Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
TV Umpire Shozab Raza (Pakistan)    
Player of Match Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars)    

Lahore Qalandars Innings

R M B 4s 6s
1

Azhar Ali *

c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Umar Gul 20 0 21 2 1
2

Cameron Delport

lbw Zulfiqar Babar 73 0 55 8 3
3

Umar Akmal

c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Anwar Ali 93 0 40 6 8
4

Dwayne Bravo

not out 5 0 5 0 0
5

Hammad Azam

not out 0 0 0 0 0
6

Ajantha Mendis

Did not bat
7

Mohammad Rizwan †

Did not bat
8

Naved Yasin

Did not bat
9

Kevon Cooper

Did not bat
10

Zafar Gohar

Did not bat
11

Zohaib Khan

Did not bat
Extra w 2, nb 1 3
Total 3 wickets; 20.0 overs; 194 9.7 runs per over

Fall of wickets
1-62 ( Azhar Ali, 10.0 ) ;  
2-157 ( Cameron Delport, 17.0 ) ;  
3-193 ( Umar Akmal, 19.5 ) ;  

Bowling

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No balls

Anwar Ali

4.0 0 27 1 1 0

Mohammad Nabi

4.0 0 37 0 0 0

Zulfiqar Babar

4.0 0 31 1 0 0

Mohammad Nawaz

3.0 0 31 0 0 0

Umar Gul

4.0 0 50 1 1 1

Akbar-ur-Rehman

1.0 0 18 0 0 0

Quetta Gladiators Innings

R M B 4s 6s
1

Luke Wright

c Kevon Cooper b Zafar Gohar 4 0 8 0 0
2

Ahmed Shehzad

b Kevon Cooper 15 0 11 3 0
3

Kevin Pietersen

c Kevon Cooper b Dwayne Bravo 12 0 7 1 1
4

Mohammad Nawaz

st Mohammad Rizwan b Ajantha Mendis 42 0 34 5 1
5

Sarfraz Ahmed * †

st Mohammad Rizwan b Zohaib Khan 31 0 19 3 1
6

Mohammad Nabi

c Umar Akmal b Zafar Gohar 6 0 6 0 0
7

Elton Chigumbura

c Azhar Ali b Ajantha Mendis 3 0 4 0 0
8

Akbar-ur-Rehman

st Mohammad Rizwan b Zafar Gohar 3 0 4 0 0
9

Anwar Ali

c Zafar Gohar b Ajantha Mendis 3 0 3 0 0
10

Umar Gul

c Umar Akmal b Zafar Gohar 0 0 1 0 0
11

Zulfiqar Babar

not out 1 0 1 0 0
Extra b 3, lb 3, w 5 11
Total 10 wickets; 16.2 overs; 0 mins 131 8.02 runs per over

Fall of wickets
1-20 ( Ahmed Shehzad, 2.5 ) ;  
2-26 ( Luke Wright, 3.2 ) ;  
3-37 ( Kevin Pietersen, 5.4 ) ;  
4-111 ( Sarfraz Ahmed, 12.3 ) ;  
5-118 ( Mohammad Nawaz, 13.5 ) ;  
6-122 ( Mohammad Nabi, 14.3 ) ;  
7-125 ( Elton Chigumbura, 15.2 ) ;  
8-129 ( Anwar Ali, 16.0 ) ;  
9-130 ( Akbar-ur-Rehman , 16.0 ) ;  
10-131 ( Umar Gul, 16.2 )

Bowling

Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No balls

Dwayne Bravo

2.0 0 13 1 0 0

Zafar Gohar

3.2 0 14 4 2 0

Kevon Cooper

2.0 0 24 1 2 0

Zohaib Khan

4.0 0 32 1 1 0

Hammad Azam

2.0 0 25 0 0 0

Ajantha Mendis

3.0 0 17 3 0 0

Match Notes

Lahore Qalandars Inning

  • Lahore Qalandars : 50 runs in 8.4 overs (52 balls), Extras 1
  • 1st Wicket : 50 runs in 53 balls
    (Azhar Ali 20
    , Cameron Delport 35
    , Ex 1)
  • Lahore Qalandars : 100 runs in 13.1 overs (79 balls), Extras 1
  • 2nd Wicket : 100 runs in 27 balls
    (Umar Akmal 36
    , Cameron Delport 24
    , Ex 2)
  • Umar Akmal : 50 off 22 balls
    (
    3 x 4  5 x 6  )
  • Lahore Qalandars : 150 runs in 16.0 overs (96 balls), Extras 3
  • Innings Break : Lahore Qalandars – 194/3 in 20.0 overs
    (Hammad Azam 0
    , Dwayne Bravo 5)

Quetta Gladiators Inning

  • Quetta Gladiators : 50 runs in 6.5 overs (41 balls), Extras 3
  • 4th Wicket : 50 runs in 26 balls
    (Sarfraz Ahmed 29
    , Mohammad Nawaz 19
    , Ex 4)
  • Quetta Gladiators : 100 runs in 11.4 overs (70 balls), Extras 7