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Umar Akmal's 40-ball 93 powers Lahore to big win

Umar Akmal bludgeoned the highest score of the Pakistan Super League, his 40-ball 93 guiding Lahore Qalandars to their first win of the season, against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai

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"We needed this victory," says Azhar Ali, "First two games we didn't play well. we had some plans, but they didn't go well. This time the batters played well and the bowlers backed them up. It was a tremendous innings from Akmal. It was difficult to bowl against him and also Delport, held his nerve, kept his focus. It was difficult to bat first up. Takes time to get together, we knew one good performance would get us going and hopefully this was it"

Sarfraz Ahmed congratulates Umar Akmal on his innings and Lahore Qalandars for the victory. Then he says his team would have to go back, rethink and do better.

Umar Akmal is Man of the Match for his 93 off 40 balls. He says he's been happy playing this kind of an innings and thanks his coaching staff for all their help. I got the chance to bat at No. 3 and had the time. I told myself that I should develop an innings. This pitch was a lot better than before as well.

11.20 pm Celebration time for Lahore Qalandars. They've registered their first win of the PSL, and a comprehensive one over the table-toppers Quetta Gladiators. They began slowly against spin until Cameron Delport and Umar Akmal decided to dictate terms. And with the ball in hand, Zafar Gohar, Ajantha Mendis and Zohaib Khan kept things tight and then capitalised on scoreboard pressure. Eight wickets between them and the only resistance they faced was all too brief: Mohammad Nawaz struck 42, Sarfraz Ahmed struck 31 but once they were dismissed, Quetta folded. Their last five wickets fell for a mere nine runs.

Zafar Gohar to Umar Gul, OUT, length ball, wide outside off, slogged straight to Umar Akmal at long-on. It has been his day through and through

Umar Gul c Umar Akmal b Zafar Gohar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Faras: "I guess I will have to hold back on new name for Lahore Qalandars till next time, or maybe till the end of the season."

Zafar Gohar to Zulfiqar Babar, 1 run, defends a good length ball into the covers for a single
Zafar Gohar to Akbar-ur-Rehman, 1 wide, OUT, that's gone too. The newish batsman comes down to the crease, immediately runs at the left-arm spinner. Gohar had ample time to adjust, fires it in wide, past the batsman's reach. Rizwan is aware of the change, collects the ball, disturbs middle and the bat is in the air.

Akbar-ur-Rehman st †Mohammad Rizwan b Zafar Gohar 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

16 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | QG: 129/8 (66 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 16.50)

  • Akbar-ur-Rehman3 (4b)
  • Ajantha Mendis3-0-17-3
  • Zafar Gohar3-0-12-2
Mendis to Anwar Ali, OUT, simply done. Anwar panics and runs at Mendis and swings all around a legcutter it seemed like. Gets a leading edge that point hunts down

Anwar Ali c Zafar Gohar b Mendis 3 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Mendis to Akbar-ur-Rehman, 1 run, good length on off stump, pushed through the covers off the back foot
Mendis to Anwar Ali, 1 run, another short ball outside off patted to long-off

Quetta Glad 2nd innings Partnerships

1st20LJ WrightAhmed Shehzad
2nd6KP PietersenLJ Wright
3rd11KP PietersenMohammad Nawaz (3)
4th74Sarfaraz AhmedMohammad Nawaz (3)
5th7Mohammad NabiMohammad Nawaz (3)
6th4E ChigumburaMohammad Nabi
7th3E ChigumburaAkbar-ur-Rehman
8th4Anwar AliAkbar-ur-Rehman
9th1Umar GulAkbar-ur-Rehman
10th1Umar GulZulfiqar Babar

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