Peshawar snapped a run of two straight defeats in their last game as they defeated the hapless Karachi Kings in a one-sided affair.
They had practically won it in the first quarter of the game as their openers Hazratullah Zazai (52) and Mohammad Haris (49) batted with such ferocity that their score was 97-1 after 10 overs.
From that point on, it was clear that it was going to be another long night for Karachi. A total of 193 was amassed and Peshawar bowlers made sure that Karachi came nowhere close to their total.
The find of the match was wicketkeeper-batter Harris. Zalmi had had trouble finding the right opening pair and so the 20-year-old’s blistering near fifty has resolved that issue for now. Such was his strokeplay that even Zazai looked a pedestrian batting alongside him.
Quetta Gladiators’ mid-tournament resurgence was cut short by Lahore Qalandars on Sunday when they got beat in what was again a one-sided match.
The Gladiators’ twin wins before this defeat had come in run chases. This time they batted first and it all came crumbling down for them.
They lost Jason Roy and James Vince in the very first over of Shaheen Afridi and never recovered from that salvo. Iftikhar Ahmed (52) and Umar Akmal (25) did show some fightback but the total of 141 was never going to be enough against a stacked Lahore side, which got to the target with ease and eight wickets to spare.
Both these teams have six points each, thus, this game would break the tie. And with only a handful of games left between now and the playoffs, neither team would want to give the other the advantage.