Monday, November 28, 2022



PSL 2022: Ton-up Fakhar helps Lahore to win over Karachi, Islamabad smack Peshawar



In Pakistan’s Super League, left-handed opener Fakhar scored 106 runs in 60 balls. It was the first century scored by a cricketer in the PSL which led Qalandars getting an extra edge leading to a 6 wicket win against Karachi Kings.

The toss did not go in favor of Karachi captain Babar Zaman for the third game in a row and his team, despite Sharjeel Khan’s 60, was restricted to 170-7 in their 20 over’s. Fakhar was the star of the match who dominated Lahore’s target with 12 boundaries and 4 sixes. Mohammed Amir’s absence was felt in the Karachi’s team who was not playing and is suffering injuries yet to feature in the tournament due to a side strain.

Fakhar Zaman:

“I try to think of it as one ball at a time and I don’t try anything significantly different”

On the other hand, fast bowler Umaid Asif took 2 wickets in 30 balls while Lewis Gregory (0-32) and Mohammad Ilyas (0-43) were not as successful as Umaid.

Fakhar was dismissed by Asif when Lahore was only needing more seven runs from the final seven balls An attempt for an upper cut against a slower bouncer was the main reason behind Fakhar’s dismissal. Samit Patel finished the game with two consecutive fours off Gregory as Lahore registered their first win since losing to defending champions Multan Sultans. Earlier, Sharjeel and Babar (41) provided a perfect platform for 84 runs in the first 10 overs but Karachi’s middle order could not capitalize on the second half of the innings.

The batsman Mohammad Hafeez was clean bowled by Sharjeel. Babar was bowled with a quick googly from Rashid Khan and Haris Rauf scored 3-33 to limit Karachi’s total.

Meanwhile, Islamabad, on the other hand, won the toss and followed the blueprint of choosing to chase at the National Stadium. Two-time champions Islamabad registered a 172-1 win in just 15.5 overs. Islamabad United handed Peshawar their heaviest defeat in the PSL, batting first, with two excellent half-centuries from Paul Stirling and Alex Hales. Sterling scored 57 runs in just 25 balls, while Hales was seen hitting an unbeaten six and 13 fours in 54 balls.

For Peshawar team, the unsung hero was Sherfane Rutherford, who remained unbeaten on 70 runs in 46 balls. At that time Peshawar’s team was brutally beaten and was on 35-4. Islamabad United team fast bowler Faheem Ashraf took 2 wickets in 23 balls while Hasan Ali also took 2 wickets in 34 balls.

Sterling and Hales were the heroes who provided the momentum starting with 78 in the batting powerplay and didn’t spare the pacers or even the leg-spinners like Usman Qadir (0-41). Sterling was finally run out after he couldn’t beat a fantastic direct throw by the captain skipper Wahab Riaz. The player just recently recovered from the isolation and was suffering from Covid -19.

However, where Sterling left off, the Afgani player Rahmanullah Gurbaz was seen smashing 27 not out off just 16 balls, which included a helicopter six over mid-wicket while Sohail Khan was bowling (0-45)

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