Lahore Qalandars Deliver Stunning Performance to Overcome Quetta Gladiators
PSL 2023: Lahore Qalandars deliver stunning performance to overcome Quetta Gladiators. In match 18 of the PSL 8, Lahore Qalandars’ captain won the toss and elected to bat first. Qalandars’ batting lineup had an unfortunate night but secured 147 runs at the end.
In contrast, Quetta Gladiators did not chase this mere target as Qalandars’ bowlers restricted them from doing so. As a result, the Gladiators’ performance in the first half of the Qalandars’ inning gets overshadowed by the stunning performance of Lahore Qalandars.
Match 18: Lahore Qalandars Deliver Stunning Performance
Lahore Qalandars Highlights
It kind of being a different kind of outing for Lahore Qalandars. Tonight, they were tested as they lost a couple of wickets early. In fact, they were 50-7 at the end of eight overs. Eventually, they managed to put a total of 148 runs on the scoreboard.
The turning point that favored Lahore Qalandars was the entry of Sikandar Raza. That man right in the middle of Qalandars’ batting lineup was the icing as he scored 71 runs off 34 balls only. He stroked tonight with a strike rate of 208. He was just a lone man standing between the opposition.
But he made sure that the target gets to three figures. He was smashing all around with a brilliant partnership with Rashid Khan. His 71 runs included every shot with absolute authority. No slow balls were working against him. It’s like he was reading the game plan from the Quetta Gladiators.
Haris Rauf is the star of this match as he picked three wickets against the Gladiators. Additionally, he bowled really well and also detonated the stumps against Mohammad Nawaz. Moreover, Rashid Khan’s performance was brilliant and he also won two wickets.
Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman keeps proving to be the “Fakhar-e-Qalandar”. He fielded really well and run out Mohammad Hafeez with great reflexes and hitting right into the stumps. Similarly, David Wiese had a great spell tonight as he took Guptill out of the game. Furthermore, it was a hard night for Shaheen as he did not get any wickets. But we hope that he will be sure happy with his team’s performance rather than regretting his mistakes in this match.
Quetta Gladiators Highlights
Will Smeed and Yasin Khan opened for the Gladiators in this match against Lahore Qalandars. Both are new batsmen but they have a good strike rate in the previous T20 matches. Both started impressively well and it all felt like a breeze for the Gladiators to a great start. They smashed their way through the powerplay. Lahore Qalandars were looking a little bit pressurized at this point.
Absolute brilliance by the Gladiators at the end of the powerplay with 53 runs with the loss of 1 wicket. As soon as Yasir Khan got out, things got to go sideways for the Gladiators. Will Smeed followed Yasir Khan to the dugout. Later on, Martin Guptill came to bat and looked like he will deliver some sanity to the occasion until he got out.
Odean Smith flexed his muscles once or twice until he went back to be with the dismissed batters. There was a light six from Umaid Asif but unfortunately, they could not make it and lost another match to Lahore Qalandars. Quetta Gladiators have not won a single match against Lahore Qalandars at the Qaddafi Cricket Stadium, Lahore.
Match 18 LQvsQG QG bowling Scorecard
The bowlers started off really impressively and took Lahore Qalandars to 70-5 at the end of 8 overs. But after that, they started to leak runs. Two wickets were bagged by Mohammad Nawaz and Naveen Ul Haq. The gladiators wrapped the match with two run-outs as well. Quetta Gladiators had a great opportunity at this point to take 2 points that they desperately needed.
In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Lahore Qalandars outshone Quetta Gladiators, securing a remarkable victory. The Qalandars’ exceptional performance showcased their unwavering spirit and teamwork, leaving cricket enthusiasts captivated. This triumphant effort cements their position as a dominant force in the cricketing arena.