Lahore Qalandars managed to restrict Peshawar Zalmi in the 15th match of the inaugural Pakistan Super League at Sharjah late Saturday, with their bowlers and fielders keeping their team four runs ahead of their rivals.
With Peshawar chasing a 165-run target, Dawid Malan was the top scorer with 42 off 35 in an unsuccessful attempt to guide his team past the finish line. Tamim Iqbal scored 30 off 22 up the order to contribute in the team’s final total of 160-7.
Kevon Cooper and man-of-the-match Cameron Delport grabbed three wickets apiece for Lahore. Earlier, Delport (78 off 61) and Umar Akmal (unbeaten 52 off 31) starred for Lahore as they posted a 165-run target for Peshawar.
Peshawar won the toss and opted to bowl first against Lahore who saw Azhar Ali coming back into the team after sitting out the game against Karachi Kings.
The Lahore captain scored 25 off 26 balls while his partner Chris Gayle scored a first-ball duck as Junaid Khan dismissed him LBW.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2016.