Rizwan’s late assault lifts Lahore Qalandars

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Mohammad Rizwan of Lahore Qalandars hit a 27-ball fifty on Wednesday to lift his team’s total to 166-6 against Islamabad United at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Rizwan’s unbeaten innings included five 4s and three 6s.

Earlier, in-form batsman Umar Akmal (23 off 23) and Naved Yasin (25 off 28) recovered Qalandars after United’s pace spearhead Mohammad Sami threatened to expose a weak link in their batting line-up by striking twice earlier in the game.

Sami clean bowled Cameron Delport (three) on the first delivery of his spell, and later got Qalandars captain Azhar Ali trapped leg before on 27.

Dwayne Bravo coming in to bat at number five looked dangerous after scoring a quickfire 26 on 17 balls, but ran himself out in search for a quick single.

United had won the toss and elected to field first. Shane Watson was in lead for United after Misbah-ul-Haq failed to recover from his injury while Qalandars once again missed the services of master blaster Chris Gayle.

The Sharjah track has been tipped to produce plenty of runs after Dubai proved to be a happy hunting ground for bowlers in the first eight matches.

Qalandars and United have registered one win each after struggling to get going in the PSL.

Lahore, after losing their first two matches by big margins, came back strongly on Monday, beating Quetta Gladiators by 63 runs courtesy a blistering 95-run knock from Pakistan international Umar Akmal.

The win provided the Qalandars with much needed confidence they require to progress in the tournament and have a chance to win it.

Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings in a nail-biting encounter on Sunday, after Saeed Ajmal took three wickets for the capital’s franchise — rescuing the campaign which started with losses against Quetta and Peshawar.

 

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