SHARJAH - The word consistent has a positive spin to it and while Peshawar Zalmi went with the norm, the Lahore Qalandars gave a whole new meaning to it.

Peshawar Zalmi, under the stewardship of Mohammed Hafeez following Darren Sammy absence due to injury, strung their third win and second on the trot, while at the receiving end were the Lahore Qalandars, who sunk to newer depths.

After dusting off the Lahore Qalandars for the lowest total of this edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL), Peshawar Zalmi won by a canter, by 10 wickets and with more than six overs to spare.

Peshawar Zalmi then cruised home with their openers Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal seeing them off into the night, with their highest opening partnership. Akmal scored an unbeaten 57, while Iqbal remained not out on 37.

The Lahore Qalandars have lost all five matches so far and seven stretching back to last season. And as things stand, their only chance of a point could be from a wash-out.

After that heart-pumping affair between Islamabad United and the Lahore Qalandars in the early hours of Saturday morning, normalcy was restored and the double-header on Saturday was way too lop-sided, to say the least.

Quetta Gladiators had earlier set the lowest total - 102 - against the Multan Sultans but Lahore Qalandars were to lower that benchmark even further, spluttering to exactly a 100 in 17.2 overs, the fourth lowest in the PSL.

The template doesn't change for Lahore Qalandars. They got off to a blazing start in the Powerplay again with Fakhar Zaman smashing 25 in the first two overs. Once the first six overs had ended, they began to lose wickets and the wheels came off rapidly. Peshawar Zalmi skittled them out for 100, the lowest total in the PSL this year. Soon after, they became the fifth team to inflict defeat on Brendon McCullum's beleaguered side. This was the most resounding one yet, the first 10-wicket defeat in the history of the PSL.

The collapse this time was even more dramatic than previous games, tempered only by its predictability. After reaching 57 for one at the end of the Powerplay, they failed to build on it through the middle overs, continuing to go for rash shots and losing wickets rapidly in the process. Before you knew it, the tail was in, and Peshawar, further strengthened by the return of Hasan Ali, prowled ominously.

The chase was everything Lahore are not: calm, clinical, mature and professional. It required just openers to brush aside Lahore.. Lahore's bowlers were toothless, their fielding uninspired, their captain out of ideas - and their side very likely out of the tournament already.But once Hasan Ali and left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, playing his first game in the PSL, hunted both down, the Zalmi attack devoured the rest.

Dawson, a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan, was in line for a hat-trick, the second of the night, after Multan Sultans' leg spinner Imran Tahir had taken one earlier, against the Quetta Gladiators, but the Englishman was denied by Sohail Akhtar.

Nonetheless, he did finish up with three wickets, those of Zaman, Denesh Ramdin and Sohail Akhtar.

Hasan Ali hasn't bowled for over a month, but he didn't look any worse for it. Skiddy, quick and consistent, he bowled in the Powerplay when Fakhar was in blistering form, keeping that over to just three runs. He got rid of the McCullum, and was instrumental in orchestrating Lahore's collapse, cleaning up Sunil Narine and wrapping things up with a third wicket for good measure. Wahab Riaz gave the 'moustached send-off' to Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.


Fakhar Zaman c Hasan Ali b Dawson 30

B McCullum c & b Hasan Ali 15

Agha Salman c K Akmal b Sameen Gul 13

D Ramdin lbw b Dawson 0

Sohail Akhtar c Smith b Dawson 12

Umar Akmal run out 15

SP Narine b Hasan Ali 3

Sohail Khan b Wahab Riaz 4

Yasir Shah c Dawson b Wahab Riaz 0

Salman Irshad c Smith b Hasan Ali 1

Mustafizur Rahman not out 0

EXTRAS: (lb1, nb1, w5) 7

TOTAL: (all out 17.2 overs) 100

FOW: 1-42, 2-57, 3-57, 4-71, 5-73, 6-87, 7-98, 8-99, 9-100, 10-100

BOWLING: Sameen Gul 4-0-23-1, Umaid Asif 3-0-20-0, Hasan Ali 3.2-0-22-3, Wahab Riaz 3-0-14-2, L Dawson 4-0-20-3

Tamim Iqbal not out 37

Kamran Akmal not out 57

EXTRAS: (lb2, w8) 10

TOTAL: (0 wkts; 13.4 overs) 104

BOWLING: Fakhar Zaman 1-0-1-0, Sohail Khan 3.4-0-37-0, SP Narine 2-0-16-0, Salman Irshad 2-0-23-0, Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-10-0, Yasir Shah 3-0-15-0

TOSS: Lahore Qalandars


UMPIRES: Tim Robinson, Ranmore Martinesz

TV UMPIRES: Khalid Mahmood

MATCH REFEREE: Mohammed Anees