The 18th match of this big entertaining tournament was played between Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars. This one was the big one and truly inspiring to watch. What was so exciting about this one? Scroll down to find out!
This match between Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars became absolutely jaw dropping. The 1st innings were batted by Lahore Qalandars, in which Chris Gayle, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal and Dwayne Bravo, all of them played fantastically and made another big record of the tournament; The Big Target. Their outstanding batting performance helped them to cross the score of 200 and give a huge target to the opposition. Indeed they did and in 20 overs, who’ll expect 200+ target, in fact i wasn’t expecting that as well, but the point i noticed later is that the boundaries were short and so it is quiet difficult for the bowlers to restrict the batting team on a little score. But still Gladiators did well, otherwise the score might have boosted up more as the openers started to play the game. Lahore Qalandars gave the target of 202 to Quetta Gladiators.
In the 2nd innings, Quetta Gladiators began their batting in the same attitude like Lahore Qalandars, they were energized, confident and really aggressive. Now, who’ll expect that the 200+ target couldn’t be defended, but that all depends on the bowling. Well, the new opener of Quetta Gladiators, Bismillah Khan, performed tremendously that gave a ‘sigh of relief’ to the batting team and putted huge pressure on the bowlers. From then on, Quetta Gladiators were losing their wickets, but still all of their batsmen were performing aggressively and quiet confidently. In the end, 16 runs were needed of the last over, and what i disliked about Lahore Qalandars captain is that he gave that over to a spinner, and got punished. It was a truly poor captaincy as the second-last over was already a pressure-boosting one for the bowling team. Well, Mohammad Nabi did it for Quetta Gladiators and fetched the victory. Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by 2 wickets. The crowd was looking really very emotional about this. But it is a game, and it could be changed, so it did!
In the end, i was really enjoying the excitement and jumping up-and-down of Sir Viv Richards as Quetta Galdiators got victory. He himself is known as a ‘Legend’ of Cricket.
You can watch this match’s highlights below:
Watched it? Enjoyed the batting from both sides? What do you think about the batting of Bismillah Khan in the 2nd innings? He was declared as Man Of The Match, in the end. And what do you think about the long-anticipated entertaining batting of Chris Gayle in the 1st innings? Share your thoughts with us!
There are only 2 matches left and then there will be 3 Qualifying Finals and a Final in the end. Let’s see who takes the victory of this big tournament!
Don’t forget to check out: PSL 2016: 17th Match, Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi [Video Highlights]
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