LAHORE: The exciting group-stage of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 ended on Sunday with intense competition in all the thirty games played throughout the tournament. The line-up for the semi-final was ultimately decided.
Statistician and journalist Mazher Arshad recalled the third week of the HBL PSL 2020.
Chris Lynn steered Lahore Qalandars to victory qualifying in the semi-finals with his T20 career-best performance.
In a must-win game against Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, the Australian batsman smashed 113 not out 55 balls, his highest score in the format.
This was his only second century in T20 cricket.
This was the first-ever century in HBL PSL history by a batsman from Lahore Qalandars and the eighth overall. Previously, Ben Dunk was recorded the highest score by a Qalandars’ batsman when he thundered his way to 99, not out in the current edition against Karachi Kings at Gaddafi Stadium.
Lahore Qalandars batsman Ben Dunk broke his own record of most sixes from the previous week in an innings in HBL PSL.
Dunk had scored 10 sixes in Lahore against Quetta Gladiators. He strengthened it by hitting Karachi Kings with 12 sixes this time, and helped his team chase 188.
Lahore Qalandars is the first HBL PSL team to excel in chasing 180-plus targets on four occasions.
In this year’s version, three of those instances came when they reached 188 against Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi and 187 against Multan Sultans (all three at Gaddafi Stadium).
While the Multan Sultans face off against Peshawar Zalmi, and Karachi Kings against Lahore Qalandars in HBL PSL 2020 semi-finals, there will be at least one new finalist this year.
Sultans, Rulers, and Qalandars have never reached a final.
Just three teams have competed in the final four editions of the HBL PSL playoffs: Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators played in three finals while Islamabad United played in two only.
It is also the first time Gladiators and United have struggled to go past group-stage in the HBL PSL.
No batsman has started off the innings with a six before Karachi Kings’ opener Sharjeel Khan. During the over he struck one more six and two fours bringing the total count to 20 runs.
In Karachi Kings’ home match against Lahore Qalandars, Sharjeel Khan also had an unbeaten opening partnership of 151 runs with Babar Azam, making it the second time in HBL PSL where a team won 10 wickets.
The match-winning spell of three wickets for Multan Sultans against Peshawar Zalmi by Sohail Tanvir made him the first Pakistani, and only sixth in the world to cricket 350 wickets in the T20.
Along with Samit Patel’s four-for-five career-best T20 figures, Lahore Qalandars had the best Powerplay outing as a bowling unit when they limited Quetta Gladiators to 21 for six in six overs.