Dunk, Faulkner lead Qalandars to PSL win

Ben Dunk and James Faulkner have played starring roles for Lahore Qalanders to help the competition leaders to a 10-run win over Peshawar Zalmi on the resumption of the Pakistan Super League.

The Qalandars slipped to 4-25 after 7 1/2 overs before left-hand batsman Dunk, who made 48, combined with Tim David in an 81-run partnership to re-set the innings.

David, who finished unbeaten on 64 from 36 balls, then shared a late 47-run stand with former Australian ODI allrounder James Faulkner (22) to lift the Qalandars to 8-170.

Faulkner then took two wickets (2-23 off four) in his first over, the second of the innings, to have Peshawar in early trouble before Rashid Khan took a pair in the 10th to keep the Qalandars in control.

Rashid returned 5-20 to restrict Peshawar to 8-160, despite Shoaib Malik’s 48-ball 73.

In the earlier game, Babar Azam’s unbeaten half century went in vain as Multan Sultans defeated defending champions Karachi Kings by 12 runs.

Azam hit 85 off 63 balls, but Multan held Karachi to 7-164 through some disciplined seam and spin bowling.

Earlier, Multan did well to push their total to 5-176 with left-handed Khushdil Shah remaining unbeaten on 44 off 32 balls.

Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league was moved to Abu Dhabi for the remaining 20 games after it was suspended in March when several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19 in a biosecure bubble at Karachi.

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