yorker outside off, chops down at it, and it rolls down the pitch
2:16am And that is all from our first double-header day in this second leg of the tournament. We'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye!
Sohail: We played a few bad shots at the start. They bowled well but we should have done better. We need to work on our technique a little. If we get a decent start, with our depth, we can do really well. Our plan is to maintain this combination, but we'll take a look during our meetings to adjust for the conditions.
Rashid: Thanks to the almighty for my performance when the team needed. I had a bad over, the first one, but it was all about length. I bowled bad three balls which went for 14 and that was in my mind - just wanted to come back to my natural line and length. When there's a bit of dew I think it feels a little natural to me - when it's too dry I struggle with it. I like bowling with the wet ball. But there wasn't too much dew today, it was pretty normal.
Rashid Khan is the Player of the Match.
Wahab: I think our start was very good. As a team we wanted to keep them under 140. But we missed out trick. We didn't execute things at the end. We need to improve that in the next game for sure. I think the role given to Shoaib bhai, he's doing wonderfully. Pleased to have him in the team. Rashid is a world class bowler, there's no doubt about that. Today he made the difference. He killed the momentum we had. We should have played him better, we shouldn't have lost wickets to him. But that is cricket, that's how it goes. I think Inzamam (coach) is a legend of the game and there's a lot to learn from him and hopefully the batters get the best out of him and utilize it in the game.
sohail sarwar: "Tim David should be Player of the match for changing the match twice. Once in the middle overs and than at the death after the wicket of Dunk."
Tariq Ilyas: "No brainer to include Malik in Pak T20 squad. A strong reminder to selectors after today's innings. "
Ali: "I escaped about 5 heart attacks this game as a Qalandars fan"
Faheem: "It isn't a LQ win if it doesn't go down to the last over now is it?"
Hassan: "Wow suddenly the trend has been changed3 games in the 2nd leg of the league , 2 Teams batting first have won today"
2am Well it's been a strange game in many ways, not least because it's ending at 2am. But a late flourish there brought Zalmi within 11 runs of winning. Remember, they conceded 44 off the last two overs earlier. And had Qalandars 43 for 4 in ten overs. It's been a day of comebacks, even for Zalmi in chase with Malik; but the people who defined it are Tim David, Ben Dunk, and then Rashid Khan. Went for 15 in his first over and took 5 for 5 in his next three. Zalmi were all too careful up front because they'd been two down in two overs. That hamstrung them later when Rashid came on and did his thing - and it was a torrent. They had no answers, and no way to slow things down, as he got into it. It all adds up in this format. Qalandars go four points clear at the top of the table.
finally gets one to rise and that is too much for Umaid. Short and up at the ribs, looks to hook that and cops it on the body. He's dejected, and refuses the single again. Shaheen kicks the ground in disgust for letting it get this far
swung away over deep midwicket! This is pretty ordinary from Shaheen. Goes around the wicket, bowls in the slot with the angle into him. He simply uses that and slogs through the line
Shaheen goes around the wicket
Three sixes required
yorker length at leg stump, clears the front leg and jams it out to deep backward square. And he refuses the single
swiped over deep backward square! Whew. Keeping it mathematically alive for a bit longer. It's an overpitched ball at leg stump, he swivels and swings wholeheartedly to lift this over that man
Over the wicket now
short and wide outside off, beaten on the cut, survives the run out chance at the other end as they run through
Shaheen around the wicket
24 needed off 6, similar equation to the first game today. Only two wickets in hand for Zalmi. Here's Shaheen.
Sulehri: "Pakistan middle order woes: One solution, Shoaib Malik! He has tremendously improved againt fast bowling and specially at death. "
gets the front leg in the air and launches this over long-on! Wow, this guy is all style. It's full outside off, he drops his weight onto his back leg and forces this full ball over long-on
yorker length at middle stump, shuffles and flicks stylishly to deep midwicket's right
low full toss just outside off, jams it out to third man's right
M. Abdullah: "It looks like Lahore has already won the gam but appreciation goes to Malik for keeping the game alive."
oh no way. I think Malik has hit his wicket. That is the end of the chase then. It's a wide yorker. Malik has gone very deep in the crease and as he brings an angled bat down on this, he's grazed off stump. Took it pretty deep and was starting to put some fear in Qalandars, but that's that. He just had too much to do. Smiles at his fortune as he walks off, looks at the back of his bat. He's seen it all in his time with this game, this won't affect him too much
oh that is stunning. It's a low full toss, headed for middle and leg stump. He gets on his back knee, gets the front leg well out of the way, and he carves that between backward point and short third with an open face
starts poorly, Rauf. Length ball at off stump, backs away, clears the front leg and flat-bats that over the umpire
That's good captaincy from Sohail. Went to his seasoned bowler. A 15 or 20 run over from Rauf there would've made it much harder for Shaheen and Faulkner. But here is Rauf now. 41 needed off 12.
refuses the run. Faulkner's done a superb job here. Nails the yorker outside off, Umaid chops down on it and gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg
Goes over the wicket
Practically a free hit for Umaid...
slower length ball at off stump, drilled firmly back at the bowler, who sticks a hand out and parries that towards long-off
Now over the wicket
full and into the stumps, clears the front leg but can only drive along the floor to long-off. Denies the run again
beats him with a slower ball. Dipping and full outside off. Steps into line and looks to slog, can't connect
It is a game of boundaries and sixes now. At least 5 sixes out of 16 deliveries is what Malik would be hoping for. Meanwhile Faulkner is going around the wicket
short of a length at leg stump, cramped on the pull and hits it to deep square. Refuses the single
Umaid's been sensible so far...
full dipping slower ball outside off, gets to the pitch of that and pats it to long-on
The required rate was 14 before that over, they've managed 13. Another big over here and Zalmi will hope again. Faulkner will bowl it.
just clears long-on! Another length ball punished. At middle stump, front leg cleared, and he's helped that over the fielder with the angle
edged and just short of Dunk. Slower ball at a length just outside off. Looks for the cut, gets a thick outside edge and Dunk dives forward to grab on the bounce