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Lahore beats Peshawar by 4 wickets in PSL

Lahore Qalandars' Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking the wicket of Peshawar Zalmi's Sherfane Rutherford during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket...
Lahore Qalandars, David Wiese, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Peshawar Zalmi Shoaib Malik during a Pakistan Super L...
Peshawar Zalmi Ravi Bopara, left, plays a shot while Lahore Qalandars wicketkeeper Ben Dunk watches during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match b...
Peshawar Zalmi's Sherfane Rutherford plays a shot for boundary during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qala...
Peshawar Zalmi's Ravi Bopara, right, and Sherfane Rutherford run between the wickets during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Peshawar...

Lahore Qalandars' Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking the wicket of Peshawar Zalmi's Sherfane Rutherford during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket...

Lahore Qalandars, David Wiese, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Peshawar Zalmi Shoaib Malik during a Pakistan Super L...

Peshawar Zalmi Ravi Bopara, left, plays a shot while Lahore Qalandars wicketkeeper Ben Dunk watches during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match b...

Peshawar Zalmi's Sherfane Rutherford plays a shot for boundary during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qala...

Peshawar Zalmi's Ravi Bopara, right, and Sherfane Rutherford run between the wickets during a Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Peshawar...

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan spurred Lahore Qalandars to a four-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League on Sunday.

Afridi bagged 3-14 and Rashid didn’t concede a boundary in his impressive PSL debut figures of 0-14 as Peshawar were restricted to 140-6.

Rashid’s belligerent unbeaten 27 off 15 balls that included a winning six over midwicket helped Lahore cruise to 146-6 in 18.3 overs to give last year’s finalists a winning start.

“I call that shot the mini-helicopter, just try to go for it,” said Rashid, who will be playing in just one more PSL game before joining Afghanistan for its series against Zimbabwe.

“The best thing is to finish it off with the bat and I got an opportunity today,” he said.

Afridi had Imam-ul-Haq caught behind off the very first ball after Lahore skipper Sohail Akhtar won the toss and elected to field.

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik (26) left Peshawar struggling at 46-4 in the eighth over when he edged South African seamer David Wiese.

Ravi Bopara (50 off 44 balls) resurrected the innings with a fighting half century and added 64 runs with West Indian Sherfane Rutherford (26) before Afridi returned in the final overs and dismissed both batsmen to restrict Peshawar.

Lahore were cruising along at 109-4 but Englishman Saqib Mahmood (2-22) halted its progress briefly with the wickets of Samit Patel (8) and Wiese off successive deliveries in the 16th over.

Rashid, however, ensured Lahore didn’t slip as he did the bulk of the scoring with the experienced Mohammad Hafeez finishing at 33 not out.

“I think it was a good start from their bowling,” Peshawar skipper Wahab Riaz said. “There was a little bit in the wicket and the bowlers utilized it really well. The (batsmen) should have taken a little bit more time, but I think the positive was the way Shoaib, Ravi and Rutherford played.”

Multan Sultans will take on two-time champions Islamabad United later on Sunday.

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Updated : 2021-02-26 10:29 GMT+08:00