Lahore Qalandars hold their nerve in Super Over to defeat Karachi Kings

Denzil Pinto 12/03/2018
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Agha Salman scored a fifty for Lahore. Pic courtesy: @thePSLt20/Twitter

Lahore Qalandars kept their cool to register their second straight win and deny Karachi Kings in a thrilling Super Over triumph in the the Pakistan Super League on Sunday.

With the scores tied at 163, captain Brendon McCullum hit a six as Lahore posted 11 in their six deliveries off Mohammad Amir in the Super Over. Karachi could only manage eight in their over.

The result hurt Karachi Kings even more as fast bowler Usman Khan had overstepped after Lahore batsman Sohail Akhtar was caught off what should have been the final delivery of the match with three needed to win.

The result means Karachi Kings remain in third position with nine points, while Lahore remain rooted to the bottom.

Here are the key talking points from the match in Dubai:

SIMMONS AND AZAM FIND THEIR GROOVE

Karachi’s total of 163-5 was largely down to the efforts of Lendl Simmons and Babar Azam. Simmons started off with hit three boundaries off Anton Devcich. After Joe Denly was out early on, Simmons was joined by Azam – who had already amassed 145 runs in his last three innings –  and the pair put on a 72-run stand. Simmons’ 55 off 39 was his first half-century of PSL 3, while Azam registered his third fifty in four matches with a 61-run effort. Unfortunately for head coach Mickey Arthur, it wasn’t enough.

SHAHEEN WINS THE AFRIDI BATTLE

After his sensational 5-4 effort in their victory over Multan Sultans on Friday, teh focus was on 17-year-old pacer Shaheen Afridi. He didn’t have much luck with the ball until the 19th over. Shahid Afridi welcomed the teenager with a 79m six. But Shaheen had teh final word as he rattled the veteran’s stumps.

But with figures of 1-42, there’s still plenty to learn for Shaheen who gave away five wides in the final over.

LAHORE SHOW FIGHT

Eliminated prior to the game, Lahore were playing for pride. And that worked in favour of Brendon McCullum’s side who made things difficult for Karachi. Agha Salman’s half-century and Sohail Khan’s three wickets were some of the positives that head coach Aaqib Javed can take as they pushed a strong Karachi side all the way for a memorable win.

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Analysis of Shane Watson's performance for Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi

Denzil Pinto 11/03/2018
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Quetta Gladiators sealed their third straight victory of the Pakistan Super League on Saturday as they registered a six-wicket triumph over Peshawar Zalmi.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Rilee Rossouw played an instrumental role with a 74-run stand that saw them home and go top of the standings. Before that, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson set the platform with another a solid display with the bat and ball.

Here, we analyse Watson’s performance from the match:

STATISTICS:

RUNS: 37

BALLS: 25

FOURS: 6

SIXES: 1

STRIKE-RATE: 148.00

OVERS BOWLED: 4

WICKETS: 2

ECONOMY: 6.50

MAIDENS: 0

RUNS CONCEDED: 26

30-SECOND REPORT

Has been a key figure for Quetta Gladiators this term. Showed how dangerous he can be with the ball with figures of 2-26 and then did his bit in the field with a catch to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez at a crucial time when the Pakistani batsmen looked set.

GOT RIGHT

Whether it was on off-stump or outside, Watson had a plan against all Peshawar bowlers as he found the ropes six times during his stay.

With the ball, he proved to be a handful as he mixed his pace and length to keep batsmen guessing. He is 36 but his bowling hasn’t lost its zip.

GOT WRONG

After looking comfortable at the crease, Watson can only blame himself for the way he went out. Making room outside off, Watson went for a heave on the on side and got a fine edge to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

VERDICT: 8/10

Another solid display from the Australian. Has been consistent in the UAE this year. Expect him to get better as the competition reaches the business end.

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Analysis of Joe Denly's performance for Karachi Kings against Multan Sultans in PSL

Denzil Pinto 10/03/2018
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Karachi Kings got back to winning ways with a superb all-round effort in their 63-run win over Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League. Mickey Arthur’s side had plenty of players who stepped up and none more so than Joe Denly, who smashed his first half-century.

Here, we analyse his performance at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.

STATISTICS

RUNS: 78

BALLS: 55

FOURS: 10

SIXES: 2

STRIKE-RATE: 141.81

30-SECOND REPORT

He failed to reach double figures in his previous two matches, but Denly was on the top of his game on Saturday. He survived a dropped catch and made Multan Sultans pay . Smashed 10 fours and two sixes during a 118-run stand with Babar Azam for the second wicket. That ultimately put Karachi in a strong position.

GOT RIGHT

At a time when his team needed a positive result after two losses, Denly delivered.With Lendl Simmons dismissed early on, Denly was cautious but then upped his game. It was timely knock from the English batsmen whose top score this year was 29.

GOT WRONG

Denly could have batted on if he had tackled Hardus Viljoen’s short ball better. Fetching it from outside off, Denly ended up dragging the ball, presenting a simple catch to Imran Tahir at square leg.

VERDICT: 8/10

Coming into the game with two poor performances, Denly could not afford another batting failure and he delivered a match-winning innings. Similar knocks will be needed if Karachi are to go all the way.

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