Australian born Tim David and veteran wicketkeeper Ben Dunk’s partnership helped the Lahore Qalandars rise to 96/4 at the end of the 15th over after their top order was skittled by Peshawar Zalmi’s pace attack.
Skipper Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman opened the innings for the Qalandars, while Wahab Riaz took it on himself to open the bowling for his side.
The move by the Zalmi skipper paid dividends as he removed the dangerous Zaman for one from the fifth ball of the match.
The Lahore skipper was about to join Zaman in the dugout in the second over but the ball evaded Kamran Akmal and travelled to the boundary to give Akhtar’s side their first boundary of the night.
The third over of the innings ended in a maiden after Muhammad Faizan struggled to bat against Riaz. The over added pressure on the Qalandars captain who was dismissed by Mohammad Irfan after he guided the ball to Kamran Akmal.
Once Riaz and Irfan ended their spells, Umaid Asif joined the party and took the key wicket of Mohammad Hafeez. The veteran Pakistan batsman was dismissed for 2 after he top-edged the ball towards David Miller at mid-off.
Once the powerplay ended the Zalmi did not give any room to the Qalandars. And in the next over, Riaz ended the innings of struggling Muhammad Faizan after he took a scintillating catch off Mohammad Imran’s bowling in the seventh over.
After Faizan’s dismissal, Singapore’s Tim David and Australia’s Ben Denunk tried to consolidate the Qalandars innings and helped their team reach 42/4 at the 10th over.
The two then later paired up and built a 70-run partnership to steady the innings for the struggling Lahore side and put them at 96/4 at the end of the 15th over.
Match 17 is the second of the double-header being played in Abu Dhabi and the dew factor will trouble bowlers to a great extent.
Qalandars have entered the game with an edge after beating Islamabad United by 5 wickets in the league’s re-start match on Wednesday. While the win will boost Sohail Akhtar’s side, they also have an advantage of getting acclimatised to the conditions more.
They’re also on top of the table with four wins from five games while Zalmi have tasted victory in three of their initial five encounters.
Wahab Riaz’s side were outclassed by Lahore Qalandars when the two teams met each other in first leg of the tournament in Karachi on February 21.
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz (c), Umaid Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (c.), Muhammad Faizan, Mohammed Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Tim David, James Faulkner, Rashid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf
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