Dubai (March 11, 2018): Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to bowl first against Karachi Kings on Sunday in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League’s third edition at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The Lahore Qalandars’ dreams of making it through to the playoffs has ended–Quetta Gladiators’ win over Peshawar Zalmi last night threw Lahore out of the race for top four, clean sweeping any hope of a miracle.
With six defeats and just one win out of their seven games, Lahore’s qualification was still virtually impossible, independent of the outcome of yesterday’s match.
But the team would look to salvage some pride when it goes up against Karachi Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight.
Karachi sit at third spot on the points table with 9 points, with four wins and two losses to their name. A win tonight will seal their place in the top four, taking them safely into the playoffs.
Here’s how things stand at the moment: with Lahore out of the race, four teams: Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Multan Sultans and Islamabad United, need to win only one of their remaining two group matches to seal a spot in the top four.
For Peshawar Zalmi, who are at fifth spot with 6 points, it’s not as simple: Darren Sammy’s men must win both of their remaining group matches, and still hope that they don’t tie with any other team and get disqualified over NRR.
Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah
Squad: Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Khurram Manzoor, Lendl Simmons, Saifullah Bangash, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Taha, Tabish Khan, Ravi Bopara, Hasan Mohsin, Shahid Afridi, David Wiese, Usama Mir, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari