Spinner’s 5 for 20 led Lahore Qalandars to a ten-run win over Peshawar Zalmi of their PSL 2021 encounter
“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 wristspinner, who could have made a difference with strikes in the middle overs,” Malik mentioned after the sport, which left the Zalmi at No. 4 and strengthened the Qalandars’ place on the high of the desk. “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.”
Asked to bat first, the Qalandars have been reeling at 25 for 4 after 7.3 overs, however David partnered Dunk for 81 runs in 49 balls first, after which 47 off simply 13 balls with James Faulkner for the seventh wicket. Riaz, the Zalmi captain, had conceded simply seven runs in his first three overs, however was taken to the cleaners by David and Faulkner within the penultimate over. Faulkner then had the Zalmi at 5 for two after two overs, however Malik introduced them proper again within the sport, until Khan modified the script. His strikes have been these of David Miller, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen and Riaz, all large hitters, to depart the scoreboard studying 114 for 7. Malik could not do it from there, his innings ending 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.”
With 4 video games left within the league stage, Malik desires the Zalmi to deal with regrouping and execute their plans higher: “The focus is to play the best game with every plan we have, and execute them at the fullest in the matches. Overall, if you look at the whole table, all teams more or less are standing equally, so every game is important. We try to go game to game, discuss the opponent and execute the plans accordingly.”
“It’s a kind of start [to the second leg of PSL 2021] we needed as a team, as you always need to have a proper start. So with back-to-back wins, the morale is high,” Khan mentioned. “Everyone is contributing and it’s not about just a single guy. Everyone is giving their contribution, especially today in batting we were struggling in the first ten overs. But Ben Dunk and David took the innings deep and brought us back in the game. It was very special, so it’s about the team efforts, and when everyone chips in with their part in T20 cricket, success comes in.
“We by no means take into consideration being champions, however quite at all times take into consideration doing the appropriate issues and take the duty as a group. The extra you fail, the extra you be taught from it and that is what occurred with us as a group as properly. We had robust 4 years [the Qalandars finished runners-up last season after being in the bottom two each of the first four seasons], learnt quite a bit, and are actually coming again robust.
“It’s a time for us to step up as a team and we know how to deal (with failure) and where we were losing. We now have the best bowling attack, an experienced batting line-up, and now it’s all about expressing your skills.”