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PSL 2021: Qalandars defeat Zalmi by 4 wickets

Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets in their first match of this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.

Helped by Mohammad Hafeez and Rashid Khan’s splendid knocks, Qalandars successfully chased the 141-run target set by Zalmi with nine balls to spare.

The Qalandars started off strong after Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar opened their innings, before Akhtar (14 off 14) was caught by Shoaib Malik off Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fifth over.

Agha Salman (21 off 16) then hit three boundaries and a few singles before he was bowled out by Amad Butt.

He was replaced by Ben Dunk, who contributed 22 runs before falling victim to a Wahab Riaz yorker.

As Hafeez stayed firm, the Qalandars lost both Samit Patel and David Wiese to Saqib Mehmood in two consecutive balls.

While Hafeez finished the game unbeaten at 33 off 26, it was Rashid (27 from 15) who completed the run chase for the Qalandars in style with a six on 18.3 overs.

Earlier, after being sent in to bat, Zalmi finished with a score of 140 at the loss of six wickets.

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