LAHORE – Blazing knocks from openers Chris Lynn (113 not out) and Fakhar Zaman (57) overhauled an enormous complete by Multan Sultans for the lack of just one wicket and catapulted Lahore Qalandars to a maiden semi-finals spot within the HBL Pakistan Tremendous League 2020.
Chasing a goal of 187 runs of their remaining group match in opposition to the table-leaders Multan Sultan, Lahore Qalandars reached 191 for the lack of one wicket in 18.5 overs. Qalandars Opener Chris Lynn performed a power-packed innings of 113 not out and hit again to again sixes within the penultimate over of the match.
Chris Lynn (113 not out with 12 fours and eight sixes) and Fakhar Zaman (57 off 35 balls with 7 fours and a pair of sixes) blew away second-sting Sultans bowling assault as they partnered for 100 runs in 9 overs. Sohail Akhter (19 off 23 balls), after the autumn of Fakhar, performed second fiddle to Chris Lynn and ensured Lahore Qalndars don’t lose one other wicket.
Debutant Usman Qadir returned with one of the best bowling figures for Multan Sultans with 24 runs for 1 wicket in his 4 overs whereas all different bowlers had been taken aside by the chief decimator Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar Zaman, by far, performed probably the most fluent innings within the HBL PSL V.
Multan Sultans, who’re desk leaders and had been the primary to qualify for the semi-finals this 12 months, had rested Sohail Tanvir, Muhammad Irfan, Shahid Afridi and Imran Tahir whereas Asad Shafiq and debutant Usman Qadir had been included within the facet to play their first match within the HBL PSL V.
Chris Lynn scored third century of the HBL PSL V whereas Rilee Rossouw of Multan Sultans and Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi are the opposite centurions this 12 months.
Earlier, on a sizzling spring afternoon with the mercury rising to 24 diploma Celsius on the Gaddafi stadium, Khushdil Shah added to the warmth for Qalandars along with his fireworks as he performed a gem of a knock of 70 (not out) runs off 29 balls to submit an enormous complete of 186 runs in 20 overs. Khushdil Shah’s innings was laced with 5 fours and 6 sixes and plundered 77 runs within the final 5 overs in opposition to Lahore Qalandars bowlers.
Multan Sultans may rating solely 79 runs of their 11 overs when Shan Masood fell after scoring 42 off 29 balls. Ravi Bopara performed a accountable innings however received out for 33 runs within the 13th over. Asad Shafiq may solely rating 1 earlier than he was run out.
Sultans had been precariously positioned at 95-5 at shut of the 14th over their innings when Khushdil Shah joined arms with Rohail Nazir (24 off 17 balls) to hit 91 runs of the final six over of their innings.
The Sultans received to the worst begin within the event as they misplaced each the openers inside the power-play as a result of some miserly bowling by Shaheen Shah Afridi (2 for 23) and Muhamamd Hafeez (1 for 22) off their quota of 4 overs every.
Haris Rauf was the most costly of the Qalandars bowlers and gave away 50 runs in three overs. Khushdil Shah was particularly harsh on him and hit three 6s off Haris Rauf’s third over. David Wiese additionally picked 2 wickets off 24 runs.
Earlier, Lahore Qalandars captain Sohail Akhter gained the toss and invited Multan Sultans to bat first on a dry and placid wicket.
Centurion Chris Lynn was judged man of the match for his match successful innings 113 not out.
With the victory in opposition to Multan Sultans, Lahore Qalandars have moved to the third place on the factors desk and would meet second positioned Karachi Kings within the second semi-final on the Gaddafi stadium on March 17 (Tuesday) at 07:00 pm.
Desk leaders Multan Sultans will play the primary semi-final as the identical venue on March 17 at 2:00 pm however their opponent might be both Peshawar Zalmi, who’re presently positioned fourth with 9 factors, or Quetta Gladiators who’re positioned sixth with 7 factors and are but to play their final group match in opposition to Karachi Kings this night.
The Quetta Gladiators have distant possibilities of qualifying for the semi-finals as their run-rate in -1.52 and even a victory may not assist their trigger.
Lahore Qalandars: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Sohail Akhtar (capt), three Chris Lynn, four Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Ben Dunk (wk), 6 David Wiese, 7 Samit Patel, eight Shaheen Afridi, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Farzan Raja, 11 Dilber Hussain.
Multan Sultans: 1 Rohail Nazir, 2 Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), three Asad Shafiq, four Shan Masood (capt), 5 Khushdil Shah, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Ravi Bopara, eight Usman Qadir, 9 Bilawal Bhatti, 10 Ali Shafiq, 11 Junaid Khan.