Lahore Qalandars thrashed Islamabad United by 66 runs

 Lahore Qalandars cemented their place in the playoffs 

Lahore Qalandars thrashed Islamabad United by 66 runs to retain their 2nd position on the points table. Lahore Qalandars set the target of 198 runs for United. The brilliant bowling helped the Qalandars ensure they beat Islamabad United in this crucial match. Islamabad United started well but lost two wickets in quick succession. Both their openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mudassar Khan, got out one after the other with just 27 runs on the board.

All the Qalandars bowlers were on the money with tight lines and lengths and they never let the Islamabad batsmen to settle down. Liam Dawson showed some fight with well-made 31 runs, while Azam Khan got out for 10 runs. Skipper Asif Ali also failed to play a big knock getting out for 12 runs off Zaman Khan's bowling.

Danish Aziz remained not out for 30, as United was never in the capacity to even get close to the 198-run target against a brilliant Qalandars bowling attack.

While in terms of bowling all the bowlers contributed. Shaheen picked 2-28, Zaman 2-32, Rashid Khan 2-19, and Haris Rauf 2-33 in their four-overs spells. Earlier, Lahore Qalandars had posted a mammoth 197-run total for the loss of seven wickets.

The Qalandars posted the huge target for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs, courtesy of Harry Brook's sensational 102 and a well-made fifty from Fakhar Zaman after team skipper Shaheen Afridi elected to bat first.

Qalandars started their innings poorly, as United removed their three batters for just 12 runs on the board, with Faheem Ashraf doing the damage with the new ball.

But after that, Fakhar and Brook led Lahore's recovery by putting up a 101-run stand. Fakhar scored 51 runs off 41 balls with four fours and one six, but Brook was all guns blazing as he went rampant in a 49-ball not-out ton with five sixes and 10 fours.

Despite the top-order failure, brilliant innings from Fakhar and Brook helped Lahore reach 197.

While in terms of bowling for United, Faheem was brilliant with figures of 3-28 in his four overs, Liam Dawson took 1-21 in three overs. Pacer Waqas Maqsood went to the cleaners as he conceded 45 runs in four overs.

                                                                     Sports Desk

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