Lahore Qalandars produce a sublime all-round performance to crush table-toppers Quetta Gladiators by eight wickets with more than three overs to spare in PSL 2019 on Wednesday.
Lahore leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane produced a brilliant burst of four wickets for 10 – taking the top-order scalps of Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw and Umar Akmal in Dubai. His burst helped the Qalandars bowl Quetta out for just 106 in 19.1 overs. It was the best bowling effort by the Nepal leg-spinner in T20 cricket.
That target didn’t trouble Qalandars one bit as they chased down the target just two down in 16.3 overs.
Quetta pacer Mohammad Hasnain produced a breathtaking opening spell, bowling at speeds approaching 148kph as he accounted for the dangerous Fakhar Zaman.
But that was about as much headway the Quetta bowlers made as AB de Villiers (47* off 38 balls, seven fours) and Haris Sohail (33*) made short work of the target with a 74-run stand for the third wicket.
Earlier, Lamichhane produced the best spell of his T20 career as he bamboozled Quetta batsmen with his lines and control.
The wicket of Umar was especially telling as he bowled the in-form batsman through the gate with a superb googly. It was a far cry from Lamichhane’s debut PSL performance last Friday where he went for 46 runs from his four overs.
Fast bowler Haris Rauf was the other standout bowler for Lahore as he snared 2-32 in the death overs.
Lamichhane was named man of the match for his performance. Despite the loss, Quetta remained at the top of the points table.