Peshawar Zalmi’s Shoaib Malik, who hit a 48-ball 73 within the unsuccessful chase in opposition to Lahore Qalandars, identified that Rashid Khan’s 5 for 20 was the true cause for the group’s loss in Pakistan Super League (PSL). Malik acknowledged that the Afghan spinner “broke our back”. “In death overs, we gave a bit more runs and that was the area I think we need to improve. We were not really expecting them to get to 170. We did bowl well upfront and the missing element was a wrist-spinner, who could have made a difference with strikes in the middle overs,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Malik after the match.
“But, at the same time, we have got to appreciate the way [Ben] Dunk and [Tim] David batted [48 in 33 balls and 64* in 36 balls respectively], and despite the tough pitch they not only scored runs but scored with a good strike rate to make sure they finish (on a) high to set a good target,” Malik mentioned.
The thriller leg-spinner surprised the Zalmi batsmen by snaring 5 wickets for 20 runs from 4 overs, 15 of which had are available in his first over.
Qalandars now sit comfortably on the prime of the factors desk with 10 factors and Zalmi stays stranded on the fourth spot with six factors.
Shoaib Malik, who scored a combating 73, tried to stage a restoration together with his captain Wahab Riaz, however the latter needed to stroll again within the sixteenth over when Rashid rattled his stumps.
Malik could not do it alone from there, his innings ended when he was out hit wicket to Haris Rauf.
“Regardless of all the extra runs we conceded, it was still Rashid Khan who broke our back with his five wickets,” Malik mentioned.
“He took all those batsmen who have the good strike rate wherever they play in the world, and that haul was the one that changed the game,” he added.
For Rashid Khan, this efficiency has come after he had returned 1 for 9 in 4 overs and hit a five-ball 15 not-out to assist the Qalandars beat Islamabad United.
He received the Player-of-the-Match award then too.
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