221dThe Report by Danyal Rasool

Pietersen's blitz blindsides Lahore

Quetta Gladiators smashed 63 runs off their last 17 balls - led by Kevin Pietersen at his world-beating best - to stun Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in Sharjah

Match Centre

6.45pm KP is greeted by Sir Viv. Déjà vu for Lahore. They ran up 201 last season against Quetta and came up short. This time they had 200 and lost again. They seemed to be ahead until the slog overs. Their bowlers lost their lengths and heads and fed KP and Sarfraz who ransacked 101 in 45 balls. Anwar Ali then added to the finishing sparkle. That 21-run Narine last over was probably the turning point of the chase.

Kevin Pietersen, Man of the Match: It was not bad, especially after two first-ballers. It was a thrilling game and we were able to entertain the crowd. Credit to the ground-staff, this wicket is fantastic to the batsmen, not so much for the bowlers. Sarfraz's knock was outstanding. It was not just one player. The way Rossouw started, and Sarfraz batted, it was just a team effort. Not much was spoken after the first innings.

Baz: Unbelievable innings. That innings [from Pietersen] was right out of the top draw. We played well but ran second to some amazing batting. World-class players impose themselves on games. We were in charge until the last four overs. Tough losing games like this. To post 200 was brilliant, an above-par score. But you could do nothing when KP plays like that.

That is all we have for you from this match. Do join us for the Islamabad-Peshawar clash. Ciao.

Salim: "78 runs in last 3.5 overs....KP once again proved to be one of the biggest power houses of T20"

saidrahman zadr: "Thr best chase i have ever seen in history of #PSL"

Alamin: "KP! Remember the name"

Saaib Uppal: "Quetta required 68 runs off 25 balls. They ended up only needing 18!"

18.5
4
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, FOUR runs, length and outside off, Anwar Ali goes downtown again and seals victory for Quetta. Some stunning power-hitting from them at the death. Quetta move to the top of the table

Mube: "21 to Narine - 26 to Irfan - Game change"

18.4
2
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, dragged short and outside off, uses the pace and runs it down to third man
18.3
6
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, SIX runs, first-ball six for Anwar. So, that is why he has been sent ahead of Mahmudullah. Full and outside off, swings through the line and hits over long-off

Anwar Ali ahead of Mahmudullah

18.2
W
Sohail Tanvir to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT, and Sarfraz nicks behind with his side 11 away from the target. He receives a rousing reception from the dug-out. Sarfraz backs away outside leg, this is a back of a length delivery outside off. He throws his bat at the ball and edges it behind. Carries low to Rizwan

Sarfraz Ahmed c †Mohammad Rizwan b Sohail Tanvir 45 (25b 3x4 3x6) SR: 180.00

18.1
4
Sohail Tanvir to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR runs, pitched up and outside off. Lahore are not getting their lengths right. Sarfraz backs away and merrily lifts it over cover

Em Jay: "7 sixes in last three overs. Jesus!!"

END OF OVER:
18 | 26 Runs | QG: 186/4 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 10.33, RRR: 7.50)

  • Kevin Pietersen88 (42b)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed41 (23b)
  • Mohammad Irfan4-0-48-2
  • Sunil Narine4-0-38-0
17.6
6
Mohammad Irfan to Pietersen, SIX runs, KP seems unstoppable. Make it a hat-trick of sixes. Fractionally short and outside off, KP is quick to rock back and pull it over wide long-on. 47 off last two overs. Whoa

Quetta Glad 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st13Ahmed ShehzadSaad Nasim
2nd11KP PietersenAhmed Shehzad
3rd57KP PietersenRR Rossouw
4th8KP PietersenNLTC Perera
5th101KP PietersenSarfaraz Ahmed
6th12KP PietersenAnwar Ali

Pakistan Super League

TeamMWLPTNRR
PZ84390.309
QG84390.166
KK8448-0.098
IU8448-0.139
LQ8356-0.223