Earlier than coming into the event, Lahore Qalandars have been touted as one of many favorites to exit within the group phases. Lahore completed final in every of the earlier 4 seasons, however this time round they made historical past by qualifying for the playoffs for the primary time ever.
Lahore’s event acquired off to a well-recognized begin, dropping their first three video games earlier than bouncing again within the event and ending the group phases with 5 wins. Most of their victories should be credited to their abroad gamers, Ben Dunk, Chris Lynn and Samit Patel. Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman have been good as nicely.
Taking a look at their matches, they pulled off superb victories due to particular person brilliance, fairly than a collective workforce effort. However nonetheless, they acquired the job carried out.
A Glimpse at Karachi Kings’ Journey to PSL 2020 Playoffs
Let’s take a better have a look at Lahore Qalandars’ journey to the playoffs:
1st Match vs Multan Sultans
Lahore acquired off to a nasty begin towards Multan Sultans. Having been put in to bat first, Lahore might solely handle 138/8 of their allotted overs. Chris Lynn top-scored with 39 runs off 19 balls. They couldn’t put up a lot of a battle within the bowling division as Multan simply chased the goal in 16.1 overs with 5 wickets in hand.
2nd Match vs Islamabad United
Lahore confronted heartbreak of their second match of the event as Islamabad clinched victory from the jaws of defeat. Lahore batted first and posted a difficult whole of 182 on the board, due to an unbeaten 98 by veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
Lahore bowled nicely all through the match and restricted Islamabad to 163/9, with Shaheen Afridi choosing up 4 wickets. Islamabad required 20 runs off the final three overs with one wicket in hand. Quick bowler Musa Khan smashed Shaheen Afridi for 2 boundaries and Usman Khan Shinwari for an enormous six to win the match for Islamabad United.
third Match vs Peshawar Zalmi
Lahore confronted Peshawar Zalmi of their third match and succumbed to their third successive defeat. The bowling unit did the job by limiting Peshawar to 132/7 in 12 overs earlier than rain interrupted play. Dilbar Hussain was the decide of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets. In reply, Lahore might solely handle 116/6. Samit Patel put up a battle with 34 runs off 15 balls nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to earn factors for the workforce.
4th Match vs Quetta Gladiators
Cricket specialists have been left baffled by Lahore’s determination of not enjoying Ben Dunk within the earlier three matches. The Australian single-handedly turned the fortunes in Lahore’s favor with a tremendous innings of 93 runs off 43 balls, together with 10 sixes. Lahore scored 209/5, the best rating of the event. The bowling clicked as nicely, with younger pacer, Salman Irshad, choosing up 4 wickets en path to a 37 run victory as Quetta have been all out for 172.
fifth Match vs Islamabad United
Kiwi pair, Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi, took the sport away from Lahore within the first innings as Islamabad scored 198/3 of their 20 overs. Lahore put up a lackluster batting show in reply, solely managing 127 runs. Quick bowler, Usman Shinwari, top-scored with 30 runs. Lahore misplaced their 4th match out of 5 and have been getting ready to elimination.
sixth Match vs Quetta Gladiators
Samit Patel ran riot as he picked up 4 wickets to limit Quetta to solely 98/9 within the first innings. Samit Patel was excellent with the ball as he conceded solely 5 runs in his 4 overs. Chasing such a complete is usually a tough process in T20 cricket, however Lahore didn’t mess about and chased down the goal inside 12 overs and with 8 wickets in hand. It was their 2nd victory of the event and each got here towards Quetta.
seventh Match vs Karachi Kings
It was Karachi versus Lahore with bragging rights on the road and Qalandars didn’t disappoint their followers. Karachi batted first and placed on a difficult whole of 187/5 with English batsman, Alex Hales, scoring 80 off 48 balls. Lahore didn’t falter as Sohail Akhtar scored 68 and Ben Dunk smashed an unbeaten 99, together with 12 maximums within the innings. It was the best variety of sixes in an innings in PSL’s historical past as Lahore received the match by 8 wickets.
eighth Match vs Peshawar Zalmi
Lahore stored their profitable momentum going by pulling off one other magnificent chase towards Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar scored 187, with Shoaib Malik and Haider Ali scoring half-centuries. Shaheen was the decide of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs. In reply, Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn scored good half-centuries and the duo of Samit Patel and David Wiese took them dwelling on the second final ball of the innings.
ninth Match vs Karachi Kings
This time round Karachi had some extent to show and so they dismantled Lahore in a simple chase. Lahore scored 150 of their 20 overs with Sohail Akhtar scoring 68 runs. Nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient as Karachi chased down the goal with out dropping a wicket. Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam scored half-centuries to take them dwelling.
tenth Match vs Multan Sultans
The ultimate group stage match was towards league leaders, Multan Sultans. Multan scored 186 runs within the first innings due to a scintillating batting efficiency by Khushdil Shah who scored 70 off 29 balls. The Australian star, Chris Lynn, was within the temper to showcase to the world why he’s considered one of the vital harmful T20 openers within the sport. Lynn scored an unbeaten 113, his first in PSL historical past, taking Lahore dwelling with 9 wickets in hand.
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Lahore rotated their poor begin and completed in third place on the desk. Lahore had some good particular person performances all through the event. Ben Dunk reached the nineties twice, Lynn scored a century, Samit Patel recorded figures of 5/4 in 4 overs. Fakhar, Hafeez, Shaheen, Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain all contributed to the workforce in a constructive means as nicely.
Lahore Qalandars will face Peshawar Zalmi within the 1st Eliminator on November 14th. If Lahore lose, they are going to be eradicated from the event.
Quite the opposite, If Lahore handle a win, they’ll transfer onto the 2nd Eliminator and can face the loser of the first Qualifier, both Multan Sultans or Karachi Kings. The winner of the 2nd Eliminator will transfer onto the ultimate to face the winner of the Qualifier.
Lahore might be trying to reply to their critics by lifting the trophy on November seventeenth.
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