Lahore Qalandars failed to capitalise on the initial boost provided by opener Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar as the United successfully restricted the green shirts to 171 in the opening match of the much-awaited fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Thursday
After Islamabad United won the toss and opted to field first, Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar opened the innings for Lahore Qalandars.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Sami and Samit Patel shared the new ball for the defending champions, with the former’s opening ball of the opening over of the opening match dispatched for a four by Zaman.
After sizing up his prey in the first few overs, Zaman went after Patel in the fourth over, first smacking the first six of PSL 2019 before following it up with a boundary the very next ball.
In the same over Akhtar showed his strike partner that he too can hit it long as one sailed over the long on boundary. Patel’s over went from bad to worse when he dropped Akhtar the very next ball.
The Qalandars lost their first wicket in the 11th over Akhtar (37 off 30) departed, following which AB de Villiers arrived at the crease.
Zaman’s blistering 44-ball 65-run knock came to an end in the 14th over.
De Villiers hit a six and a couple fours but couldn’t last the entire innings. His 24-run innings ended in the 16th over.
A flurry of wickets had clearly affected the Qalandars’ momentum in the second half of their innings but they still managed to post 171 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets.
Here’s how twitterati reacts:
“sara score aj nahi kar dena abhi pura tournament baqi hay” pic.twitter.com/GVImGxTdsp
— A h m e d (@Ahlvled_) February 14, 2019
agar aj Quaid e Azam zinda hotay to Lahore Qalandar ko support kr rahe hotay.
— حارث (@damnharris) February 14, 2019
Hafeez ne 3 balls khele, 2 batsman run-out kara diye. He deserves to be the captain of Lahore Qalandars.
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) February 14, 2019
Good score, lekin Ronchi galay parh gaya to ?
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) February 14, 2019
Ghalti Islamabad ki nahi hai. Woh AB De Villiers ki tayyari kar ke aaye thay exam mein Fakhar aur Sohail agaye.
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 14, 2019
Lahore ka phadda Karachi se tha
Itna ghussa hum pe kyun?
— Skidaddle (@Skaadooosh) February 14, 2019
“Lahore Qalandar loses wickets”
— ع م ر! ?? (@omeralvii) February 14, 2019
Team achi hai rana sahab ki..
Qismt bri kutti hai:’)
— ماہم۔ (@MahamJavaid5) February 14, 2019
— Rana Fawad (@Rz399) February 14, 2019
Hafeez ko batao steyn nhe hai team mein
— Tahreem (@Choisaaab) February 14, 2019
Karachi walay tou TL se aise ghayab huay hain jaise sardiyon main chipkaliyan ghayab hoti hain
— Rana Talha Asfar (@RTAluvzAfridi) February 14, 2019