PSL 2021: Brilliant Rashid Khan rescues Lahore Qalandars
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) resumed with a low-scoring game and it was Rashid who stole the show
Rashid Khan was brilliant with the ball and explosive with the bat as the Afghan superstar helped the Lahore Qalandars beat Islamabad United by five wickets in a last-ball thriller at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) resumed with a low-scoring game and it was Rashid who stole the show.
The Afghan leg-spinner (4-0-9-1) first produced an outstanding spell to restrict Islamabad to a modest total of 143 for nine.
Then with his team needing 16 runs off the final over after a middle-order wobble, the 22-year-old player (15 not out, five balls, three fours) rescued the Qalandars with his fearless shots against medium-pacer Hussain Talat.
Rashid, of course, found good support from Tim David (23 not out, 15 balls, 1 four and 1 six) as the two batsmen dragged the Qalandars over the line for a five-wicket win with their 22-run partnership off eight balls.
Earlier, Australian all-rounder James Faulkner took three wickets, but it was Rashid who came up with yet another stupendous T20 bowling spell.
Captain Sohail Akhtar (40, 30 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) set the tone in the Lahore chase, despite losing two wickets at the other end.
But after his dismissal in the 13th over, Islamabad were back in the hunt.
And when the hugely experienced Mohammad Hafeez (29, 25 balls, 3 fours) fell in the 15th over, the match was evenly poised.
But Rashid and Tim David earned the three points for the Qalandars who have now taken the top position on the points table with the thrilling win.
Earlier, Islamabad would have ended their innings in embarrassing fashion if it wasn’t for the valiant effort from Faheem Ashraf (27, 24 balls, 2 fours and 1 six).
Gasping for breath at 80 for six in the 13th over, Ashraf’s composure with the bat in the death overs gave their bowlers something to bowl at.
In the end, it wasn’t enough as Lahore survived the last-ball drama to clinch victory.
Lahore Qalandars beat Islamabad United by six wickets.
Islamabad United 143 for nine in 20 overs (Faheem Ashraf 27, Usman Khawaja 18, Hasan Ali 14, Hussain Talat 14; James Faulkner 3/32, Rashid Khan 1/9, Haris Rauf 2/28, Ahmed Daniyal 2/29)
Lahore Qalandars 144 for five in 20 overs (Sohail Akhtar 40, Mohammad Hafeez 29, Tim David 23 not out, Ben Dunk 17, Rashid Khan 15 not out; Hasan Ali 2/27)
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