Ben Dunk’s scintillating 99 not out – which included 12 sixes, the most in an HBL PSL innings – spearheaded an eight-wicket win for Lahore Qalandars over arch-rivals Karachi Kings at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.
The left-handed batsman crafted the highest third-wicket partnership of 140 with Sohail Akhtar, which helped Qalandars chase down the 188-run target with five balls spare.
Qalandars were dealt with an early blow in their run-chase when Mohammad Amir bowled Fakhar Zaman (0) on the last ball of the first over. Mohammad Hafeez (16 off 24) was the next batsman to fall as left-arm orthodox Umer Khan removed the veteran all-rounder in the ninth over.
But Dunk, who came out to bat with the scorecard reading 50 for two, turned the match on its head with his immaculate power-hitting.
The left-handed batsman smashed Umer for three sixes in the 13th over and two overs later, in the 16th over, he struck three sixes and a four off Kings’ captain Imad Wasim. Over the course of his 40-ball knock, which also included three fours, Dunk broke his own record for the most number of sixes in an HBL PSL innings, which he had set against Quetta Gladiators at the same venue earlier this week.
Lahore Qalandars’ middle-order batsman Ben Dunk has revealed the reason why he chews a gum on the field.
“There are a lot of videos going around of me chewing gum but there’s nothing special in the gum. It helps me remain calm in the field,” said Dunk in a press conference after the match.
“It’s probably a habit I should quit but it helps me reach targets.”
“I felt that the chase would be difficult as the Kings pulled a big total despite our good bowling,” he said. “We were able to chase the total with Sohail [Akhtar’s] help.”
“He did a tremendous job and his part should not be ignored,” Dunk, who was named player of the match for his extraordinary knock, added.
Dunk’s scintillating 99 not out, which included 12 sixes, the most in an HBL PSL innings, spearheaded an eight-wicket win for Lahore Qalandars over arch-rivals Karachi Kings at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.