Fakhar excels as Qalandars down Zalmi, move to second spot

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Lahore Qalandars’ Fakhar Zaman (left) plays a shot as Peshawar Zalmi’s wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal watches during their PSL match. AFP

Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs in their PSL match on Wednesday. Riding on a blitzkrieg fifty by Fakhar Zaman, Qalandars posted fighting total of 199/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

He was well supported by Mohammad Hafeez, who blasted a 19-ball 37 and Abdullah Shafique, scoring 41. After posting a fighting total, Qalandars restricted Zalmi to 170/9. Meanwhile, former England captain Micheal Vaughn still remains a fan-favourite long after his retirement from international cricket.

Known for speaking his mind, Vaughn continues to garner public interest on social media with his informative match analysis to honest reviews. Known for speaking his mind, his latest post on Twitter is sure to get some good traction, as he tweeted that the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament is not far behind the Indian Premier League (IPL), adding that the level of cricket played in tournaments is outstanding.

“Pakistan Super League is the second best T20 Tournament in the World. It’s not far off the IPL either, an outstanding standard of cricket,” the 47-year-old wrote in his tweet. Pakistan Super league is the 2nd best T20 Tournament in the World .. it’s not far off the IPL either .. Outstanding standard of cricket .. #Pakistan #PSL— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 1, 2022 Vaughan’s big statement about the quality of cricket comes after a match between the Multan Sultans and Islamabad United.

Both sides produced excellent cricket in the encounter, batting first the Sultans posted a total of 217/5 on the board, with Rilee Rossouw and Tim David scoring half-centuries. In reply, United were bundled out for 197, Shadab Khan’s blistering 91 off just 42 balls went in vain as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Khushdil Shah’s four-wicket haul (4/35) put the brakes on the Islamabad batting line-up.

The Sultans have emerged as the team to beat as they have won all four matches in the competition so far. They are currently sitting at the top of the table with eight points under their belt. Islamabad with a win and loss each from two fixtures played thus far are behind at second with two points in their kitty.

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