IT’S ALL GLOOMY FOR RAZA, QALANDARS

Brandon Moyo

Sports Reporter 

SIKANDAR Raza and his two-time Pakistan Super League champions Lahore Qalandars on Tuesday night lost their SIXTH consecutive tie in a competition they are defending champions.

With the 60-run defeat they suffered at the hands of high-flying Multan Sultans on Tuesday evening, Raza and Lahore Qalandars are virtually out of the title race with the first leg of the tournament having come to an end.

Raza and his Qalandars franchise remain rooted at the bottom of the six-team standing with no points to their name while Multan Sultans moved to 10 and maintained their position at the top of the standings.

In Tuesday’s game, Qalandars were asked to bowl first and the Chevrons stalwart picked up his second wicket of the tournament as they restricted their opponents to 214/4 in 20 overs before going on to crumble to 154 runs all out in 17 overs.

Raza moved up the batting order to come in at number five, having batted down at number seven in their match against Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday. 

Needing to get it right with the bat and regain his form, Raza scored 17 runs off just seven balls before he was caught by Hendricks off the bowling of Faisal Akram, bringing his quick fire innings to an end.

Sahibzada Farhan top scored for Lahore Qalandars with 31 runs off 21 deliveries while Rassie van der Dussen chipped in with 30 runs after facing 22 deliveries. 

The only other batter who managed to score more runs than the Zimbabwean T20 skipper was Fakhar Zaman – who fell for 23 runs off 16 balls.

Multan Sultans’ Usama Mir made history by becoming the first spinner to pick up six wickets in an innings in the history of the PSL.

 The leg-spinner showed wizardry, finishing with figures of 6/40 in his four over spell.

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