Brook’s 49-ball 102* lifts Qalandars to 197


Lahore Qalandars have posted a mammoth 197-run total for the loss of seven wickets against Islamabad United in match 27 of ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium in La-hore.

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 inning 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 as he was responsive, 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-orders 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 four overs, Liam Dawson took 1-21 in three overs. Pacer Waqas Maqsood went to the cleaners as he con-ceded 45 runs in four overs.

Islamabad United were forced to drop Hasan Ali from the playing XI of their match against Lahore Qalandars after the all-rounder suffered an injury at the last minute.

The United brought in South African cricketer Marchant de Lange in place of the aggressive fast bowler after Ali suffered an injury right after the match’s toss.

“We are thankful to Lahore Qalandars for agree-ing on the arrangement,” the franchise said. Lahore Qalandars’ opening batter Fakhar Zaman on Satur-day became the only third cricketer to score 500 runs in a single edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).—APP


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