PSL: Rashid puts five to propel Qalandars to the top of the standings

Competition leader Lahore Qalandars won 10 points against Peshawar Zalmi in the second game of the first doubles schedule since the Pakistani Super League (PSL) resumed in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Qalandars slipped to 25-4 before Ben Dunk (48) and Tim David combined in an 81-point partnership to redefine the innings. David, who finished undefeated on 64 of 36 balls, then shared a late 47-point position with James Faulkner (22) to take the Qalandars to 170-8.

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Faulkner took two wickets in his first inning, the second of innings, to put Peshawar in trouble early on before Rashid Khan took a pair in the 10th to keep control of the Qalandars.

Rashid came back 5-20 to restrict Peshawar to 160-8, despite Shoaib Malik’s 48 73 balls.

In the previous match, Babar Azam’s half-century of unbeaten quality was in vain as Multan Sultans beat defending champion Karachi Kings by 12 points.

Azam hit 85 of 63 balls, but Multan kept Karachi 164-7 with disciplined bowling.

After being batted, Multan did well in the end to bring his total to 176-5, left-hander Khushdil Shah remaining undefeated on 44 of 32 balls.

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Quick pitcher Imran Khan won 3-28 and leg spinner Imran Tahir claimed key wickets from Martin Guptill and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran, both of whom scored 11 points apiece as Azam was held in check by Multan bowlers.

Azam took his time settling in and got little support from the other end to challenge the target. Azam elevated his 18th half-century in PSL with 45 balls, but his five fours and four sixes, in the end, were not enough to bring his team home.

Khan claimed his three wickets on the final round and was on a hat trick when he fired Thisara Perera and captain Imad Wasim from successive deliveries.

Qasim Akram denied Khan the hat trick before offering a tame retake of the last extra cover ball.

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South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw smashed seven fours in his 44-on-24 quick shot and it looked like Multan could break the 200-point mark.

Rossouw and captain Mohammad Rizwan (29) shared a 68-point stalemate at the third wicket with 39 balls as Multan reached 107-2 halfway through.

But Karachi hit back with Thisara Perera, who scored 2-12 on his three overs as Rossouw cut an overly long hold and Rizwan was exhausted in the same over as he attempted an unnecessary second inning.

Left-hander Shah propelled Multan’s total with an unbeaten 44 of 32 balls when he hammered Mohammad Amir for three fours and a six in the final round as the fast left-arm pitcher, now retired from international cricket , finished with an expensive 0 -42 over his four overs.

Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league was transferred to Abu Dhabi for the remaining 20 games after it was suspended in March when several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19 in a bio-secure bubble in Karachi.

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