Qalandars defeat Sultans by 6 wickets, chase record PSL’s target

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Lahore Qalandars

SHARJAH: Beautiful batting by opener Fakhar Zaman, skipper AB De Villiers and David Wiese Friday helped the Lahore Qalandars to chase a record 201-run target of the PSL-4 and defeat the Multan Sultans b y six wickets at Sharjah Cricket Ground.
The men-in-green won the match by six wickets on the very last ball of the game.
A double strike by fast bowler Junaid Khan put Multan Sultans in a formidable position in a match tilted by opener Fakhar Zaman with his blistering knock at the Sharjah Cricket Ground.
Ealier Lahore Qalandars’ top-notch pace attack was taken aback by the Sultans’ openers as the latter had all answers on every tactic adopted by the AB de Villiers-11.
The feared trio, Shaheen-Rahat-Haris, failed to give the much-needed timely breakthrough as opener James Vince managed to score 84 off 41 with seven boundaries and six sixes on a 204.87 strike rate before being dismissed by legspinner S Lamichhane.
The legspinner also took the crucial wickets of skipper Shoaib Malik and Andre Russel after conceding as many as 46 runs in his four-over quota.
After facing an injury blow to their captain Mohammad Hafeez, Lahore Qalandars have a new leader in South Africa’s AB de Villiers and a replacement in the form of Salman Butt, who will be playing in his first high-profile tournament since his high-profile ban for a spot-fixing scandal which erupted on Pakistan’s 2010 tour of England.

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