Lahore Qalandars brilliant bowling helped the team ensure they beat Islamabad United by 66 runs in the 27th match of Pakistan Super League-2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Requiring 198 runs to win the game, United started well but lost two wickets in quick succession. Both their openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mubasir Khan, got out one after the other with just 27 runs on the board.
All the Qalandars bowlers never let the United batters 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.
Meanwhile, after Quetta Gladiators James Faulkner withdrew from PSL, in a major setback for Peshawar Zalmi, West Indian batsman Sherfane Rutherford left Pakistan Super League midway citing his personal reasons.
The left-handed batter, Sherfane Rutherford who scored 16 runs from 9 balls against Islamabad United will leave the season due to personal commitments and will take the flight back home.
“Really enjoyed my time in Pakistan but unfortunately due to some personal reasons going back to home. Good luck Peshawar Zalmi for the rest of the competition. I’ll be cheering on from home,” wrote Rutherford on his Twitter handle.
On the other hand, the PSL franchise has named an English all-rounder, Benny Howell, as a replacement for the remaining matches of PSL and will be available for the selection.
Peshawar Zalmi are currently in the 3rd spot of the PSL points table. The side has won 5 out of their 9 matches and has already qualified for the next stage. Zalmi will be playing their last match of the league stages against Lahore Qalandars on February 21 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.