That’s it from me and Sreshth today. Stay tuned for his report on today’s match. But for him and the rest of the scoring team, I’m Peter Della Penna. Come back tomorrow for more PSL action when I’ll be back with Danyal Rasool. Until then, take care!
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been named Player of the Match for his 3 for 27, bookending the innings with superb new ball and death spells.
Kings captain Imad Wasim: “The left-handers were in there so I thought Nabi should bowl four overs [instead of me]. It wasn’t doing much. I thought we had good enough bowlers to cope with it but unfortunately not. They played really well. At the end, we didn’t capitalize what we should have with the start we had with the bowling. They shouldn’t have chased it down but credit goes to Fakhar and David Wiese how they played. Sometimes you have to give credit to the other team as well. At the end, we should have scored 40 or 50 off the last four overs but we couldn’t unfortunately with some bad shots and runouts. It’s a part of the game and hopefully we’ll learn from it and come back. They bowled really well both of them [Shaheen Afridi and Amir], very good bowlers. It’s a good thing for Pakistan cricket that they’re still our best bowlers.”
Junaid: “Its not PSL its CSL (chase super league)”
David Wiese: “To be honest, I always felt we were in with a shout in that situation. I think the guys played it beautifully in the middle to put in a good partnership and get us in position. We’ve seen towards the back end it’s difficult to defend here with one short boundary. So we knew if we just kept in touch about 12 an over the whole time, anything could happen if we take it deep. Sometimes you smash it straight to the fielder so those little nicks count. I think the wickets are really good. It’s sliding on nicely. I don’t think it’s a lack of bowler skill. The bowlers bowl nicely but with one short side, sometimes it gets away from you. It’s difficult once you get momentum against you as a bowler, then an inside edge goes for four, an outside edge goes for four. It’s awesome to have crowds back again and just feel that energy out here. I love coming to Pakistan. It’s an awesome place to play and they always show so much love here.”
11.00 pm Qalandars now join Zalmi in a tie for first place on six points. Qalandars were teetering in the Powerplay but with Amir humming and three wickets already down, Imad Wasim chose to take Amir off after two overs and the Qalandars responded with a 119-run fourth-wicket stand.